Varna

Published: 01.06.2005
Updated: 19.01.2012
Alias(es)
Varnas

Colour

One of 4 qualities regarding Pudgalastikaya (physical substance)


Sankrit: colour, tint, dye, pigment

Varna is the most used expression for caste in India.

Primarily each affiliate had their own colour & quality.taken from the sunset glance.

 

Caste

Colour

Members/Affiliates

Gunas[qualities]

Brahmins, Brahmanas

white

priests, teachers, erudits, scientists

Sattva

Kshatriyas, Ksatriyas

red

military or reigning order

Rajas

Vaishyas, Vaisyas

yellow

farmers, herders, craftsmen, businessmen

(Rajas)

Shudras, Sudras

black/blue

serfs, tenant farmer, day-labourers

Tamas

 


Hierarchic mappings lateron used the colour of the skin.

 

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