Gods Polytheism Hindus believe that there are many gods and goddesses (deities)
Reincarnation teaches that a person is born, lives, dies, and is reborn again many times
Karma a person's social position in the next life depends upon his/her conduct in the present life
Dharma Provides a code of behavior or set of moral and ethical rules governing the conduct of each social class
Caste System Type of social organization in which a person’s occupation and position in life is determined by the circumstances of his/her birth
Does the caste system still exist today? -Not officially -Forbidden by the Constitution of India in 1950 -Less prevalent in urban India but remains very visible in rural areas
Priests/Teachers Warriors Merchants/farmers Laborers
What is the difference between American Society and the ancient Indian Caste System? 2. Can people in America move up and down the social system? 3. Does America represent more of a pyramid or a ladder? Explain.