Candalas: Untouchability and Caste in Early India

By: Vivekanand Jha

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This volume is a collection of essays on untouchability written by Professor Jha at various points of his long and illustrious career. It dwells on the manner in which social stratification in ancient India developed to exclude castes like Candalas and Nisadas, leading to their exploitation and sub-human treatment. The book begins with tracing the origin and condition of Candalas (1000 BC to AD 600), who were first mentioned in later Vedic literature (1000 to 600 BC) at the Purushamedha (symbolic human sacrifice) dedicated to deity Vayu. Another essay examines the acculturation of the Nisadas-who were mainly fishermen and hunters by profession-which started from the Later Vedic Period. Candalas and Nisadas were both over time assimilated into the Brahmanical caste structure as degraded shudras, and ultimately relegated to being untouchables. The book also examines the Bhagavadgita and Asoka's Dhamma from the perspective of caste and untouchability. It provides key insights into the origin and growth of the caste system, especially untouchability, extending beyond the brahmanical lens. It is a valuable addition to the study of early Indian social history and social structures. Printed Pages: 262.

Title: Candalas: Untouchability and Caste in Early India

Author Name: Vivekanand Jha

Categories: India, History,

Publisher: New Delhi, Primus Books: 2017

ISBN: 9789386552556

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 701505

Keywords: Candalas: Untouchability and Caste in Early India Vivekanand Jha