Social Divisions

  • When the Aryans first came to India, there was neither any consciousness of caste, nor were the professions hereditary. The word varna is used in the Rig Veda with reference to only the Aryan or Dasa having, respectively, fair or dark complexion, but never with reference to the Brahmana or Rajanya (Kshatriya).
  • Quadruple division of society made its formal appearance only at one place in the Tenth Mandala of Rig Veda (purushasukta hymn). The term Shudra is mentioned for the first time here in the Tenth Mandala of Rig Veda.
  • The Ashrama system had not developed fully till Later Vedic Period.


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