This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Terms used to describe caste

Caste should be understood as a social function determined by the exact nature of each being. Hindus have two terms which they use to speak of caste: jati and varna. The term varna means color, and this has led to the assumption that the caste system was based on race. This is unfounded. The same word also refers to ‘quality’ and corresponds to the qualitative distinction between one being and another, and in this way really refers to the essence of the individual, which is an inner distinction, and while this can in some ways correspond to racial differences, race is itself secondary. That is to say, caste is not derived from race, although due to the shared characteristics of racial groups, it may happen that a specific race is found mostly within one varna. The second term, jati, means ‘birth,’ and this also has led to a confusion among Westerners who, approaching it in the same way they approach varna, assume that caste must also be hereditary. This is also not strictly the case. Like race, heredity also may play a significant role in determining an individual’s nature, but there are also a number of other influences which come into play in addition to these two. If in practice caste is often hereditary, it is not hereditary in principle.

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