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Friday, April 25th Class Discussion Question. Create a list (with short explanation) of the 5 “worst” jobs in modern American society. Pig Farmer. Here is the plan…. Students will understand the origins of the caste system.

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Friday april 25th class discussion question

Friday, April 25thClass Discussion Question

Create a list (with short explanation) of the 5 “worst” jobs in modern American society.



Here is the plan
Here is the plan…

  • Students will understand the origins of the caste system.

  • Students will relate the caste system to the Hindu principles of karma, re-incarnation, and dharma.

  • Students will brainstorm a list of other examples of systemized discrimination.


Historical theory
Historical theory

  • The Aryans were warlike people who conquered much of India’s Northern Plain @ 1500 B.C.

  • The Aryans placed great value on cattle. Cattle was given to warriors who were successful in battle.

  • The Aryans divided people into 4 social classes called “varna”.


The caste system
The Caste System

  • Read “The Caste System” from page #526 (tan section) in your Red textbook.

  • What are the Main Points of the Caste System?


Highest caste
Highest caste

  • The highest caste are the Brahmins. Brahmins are often Hindu priests.


Untouchable
Untouchable

  • Estimates vary, but National Geographic estimates that 1 in 6 Indians are considered Untouchable.


Politically correct
Politically Correct

  • It is no longer correct to use the term “Untouchable”.

  • Mohandas Gandhi called these people the Harijan meaning “children of god”!



Caste system
Caste System

  • The caste system is based in large part upon Aryan beliefs (developed over thousands of years). Aryan beliefs are thought to be the basis for Hinduism.

  • According to Hinduism, people suffer from pain and sorrow because they pursue false goals such as material riches.


Caste

Karma

Reincarnation

Dharma


Caste system1
Caste System

  • The caste system has been officially outlawed in India since their independence in 1947.

  • People still experience some forms of discrimination based upon the caste system - most notably in rural areas.


Read today s impact
READ - Today’s Impact

Read the article from the New York Times on the caste system.

Create a list of points that make you think that the role of caste is diminishing.

Create a list of points that make you think that the role of caste is still influential.


Here is the plan1
Here is the plan…

  • Students will understand the origins of the caste system.

  • Students will relate the caste system to the Hindu principles of karma, re-incarnation, and dharma.

  • Students will brainstorm a list of other examples of systemized discrimination.


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