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Synonyms for brahmin

a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)

a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas

the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category


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any of several breeds of Indian cattle

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At last he went to England on a visit, and had to pay enormous sums to the priests when he came back; for even so high-caste a Brahmin as Purun Dass lost caste by crossing the black sea.
Then Purun Bhagat smiled, for he remembered that his mother was of Rajput Brahmin birth, from Kulu way--a Hill-woman, always home-sick for the snows--and that the least touch of Hill blood draws a man in the end back to where he belongs.
Here, on the night when the shrine was completed, Vishnu the Preserver appeared to the three Brahmins in a dream.
And the Brahmins knelt and hid their faces in their robes.
One age followed another--and still, generation after generation, the successors of the three Brahmins watched their priceless Moonstone, night and day.
The penchant for the dramatic is also evident in the way this encounter between Yajnavalkya and the Kuru-Pancala brahmins ends: their leader is cursed by Yajnavalkya and his "head burst asunder"
BJP has fielded 16 Brahmins, 15 Thakurs, six Pasis, five Jats, five Lodhs, four Vashyas and Kurmis each.
Recalling initial hurdles he had to undergo, Nirala said he was thankful to Brahmins and residents, who presented him with a piece of land free of cost to get the temple constructed.
The second appendix, "Were the Brahmins of Southeast Asia Brahmins?
In caste- community politics, both Brahmins and Dalits are important and all political parties got their top campaigners out in the field.
I also find Sullivan's statement, "[a]mong all the brahmins in the MBh, Vyasa is the one whose way of life most corresponds to the orthodox ideal which was then being formulated; he is the epic's most dharmic brahmin" (p.
The group comprises upper caste Gujaratis, mostly Brahmins, who still have a large number of relatives in their state of origin.
His bird's-eye view of Virasaivism is as follows: Orthodox Hinduism is a religion which supported a rigid system of social discrimination based on a division of labor, as a result of which the highest caste, the brahmins, arrogated to themselves social, financial and religiously ritual privileges.
Uses Modi's background to attract OBC votes while seeking blessings by feeding Brahmins
Sociological and ritual studies show that both Tenkalai and Vatakalai brahmins consider the maintenance of caste purity important and continue to perform the prescribed Vedic rituals - and that those who administer initiatory rites (diksa), as well as Srivaisnava temple priests, are invariably brahmin.