What is cast in India?Asked on: Sep 26, 2023 11:52 AM
Let's take a magical carpet ride to the land of India, where there's something called the "caste system." Now, don't confuse it with a "cast," like you get when you break your arm. This "caste" is a bit different. It's like being sorted into houses at Hogwarts, but instead of Gryffindor or Slytherin, you're born into groups based on your family's social status and job.
The caste system has been around for a very long time in India, kind of like how grandma's cookie recipe has been in your family for generations. The system divides people into four main categories - Brahmins (priests and scholars), Kshatriyas (warriors and rulers), Vaishyas (farmers and merchants), and Shudras (laborers). There is also a group outside the caste system known as Dalits or Untouchables, who unfortunately are often treated unfairly.
However, just like how we've moved from Walkmans to iPods over time, India too is changing. The caste system isn't as strict as it used to be. People can now choose their jobs and who they marry without the old restrictions. But some remnants still remain, kind of like finding glitter on your clothes days after a party. It takes time to fully change traditions that have been around for centuries.Click here for more information on the Indian caste system.