It explains how the world is fonned "Purusa" with each class representing a part of the body described as follows: "The Brahmin was his mouth, his two anns became the rajanya (Kshatriyas), his thighs arc what the Vaisya
Both the Mallas and Kiratis fall under Vaisya
His thighs became the Vaisya
, from his feet the Sudra was produced (Griffith, 2007).
Accordingly, his head made the sky, his mind created the moon, the sun came from his eyes, his navel blew air into the world, his feet made the earth, his mouth became the Brahmin caste his arms made the Rajanya caste, his thighs became the Vaisya
caste and finally the feet produced the Sudra caste (x: 90).
The author is free to interpret castes as "types" rejecting the Brahmanic caste division into four categories Brahmana (priestly class), Ksatriya (warrior class), Vaisya
(business and cultivators' community) and Sudra (community of servants in general).
They are appropriately dressed and carry the right tools of their occupations to match the description of the intertitles which name them as 'The Brahmin Devotee', 'The Kshatriya Devotee,' 'The Vaisya
Devotee' and 'The Sudra Devotee'.
Hoefer mentions 156,000 "nonbaptized believers in Christ" (30,000 high caste, i.e., Brahmin; 70,000 middle castes, i.e., Kshyatriya and Vaisya
; and 56,000 scheduled castes, i.e., Sudra and Dalit); see appendixes 2-5, pp.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in 1869 in Gujarat, in western India, to a family that belonged to the Vaisya
or Bania caste that neither ate meat nor drank alcohol.
We note here that although traditional Brahminic Hinduism has four broad castes: Brahmin priests, Kshatriya warriors, Vaisya
merchants, and Sudra workers and farmers, the more detailed reality is a much finer gradation of many specific castes who constitute the elements of the specific jajmani economies in specific local areas of India.
It sounds like a faintly ludicrous position, but the autumnal ochres of wool hat or the rich purples of vaisya
do seem to add something to the words' meaning, and the very difficulty of defining what this might be is no small part of the works' lasting appeal.
In addition to many sub-varnas, four major varnas are recognized: the brahmans, who perform religious and spiritual duties, the kshatriyas, who govern and administrate, the vaisya
, comprising merchants and farmers, and the sudras, who carry out menial tasks considered to be spiritually unclean (Fenton et al., 1993; Hiltebeitel, 1987).
It is the color of the Vaisya
, or third mercantile caste, in India.