Social Institutions: Continuity And Change

Social Institutions: Continuity And Change


What are some of the rules that the caste system imposes?


Rules imposed by the caste system

(i) Caste is determined by birth hence, nobody is allowed to change his caste, leave it or choose not to join it. An individual found violating caste rules shall be punished from social exclusion.

(ii) One cannot solemnise his marriage with the person (he or she) not member of his own group. It's endogamy recognised under caste system.

(iii) Person of a particular caste shall have strictly observed the rules of food and food sharing.

(iv) A person born into a caste can only practice the occupation associated with that caste.

(v) Shudres and untouchables shall serve the upper castes i.e. Brahmin, Ksatriya and Vaisya popularly called Dvija. They cannot share food with upper caste individuals.

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