10 Facts About Brahmins

1. The Brahmins are designated as the priestly class as they serve as priests and religious teachers (guru or acharya).

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2. Traditional occupation of Brahmins is that of priesthood at the Hindu temples or at socio-religious ceremonies, and rite of passage rituals such as solemnising a wedding with hymns and prayers.

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3. Traditionally, the Brahmins are accorded the highest ritual status of the four social classes.

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4. Brahmins were expected to perform all six Vedic duties as opposed to other twice-borns who performed three.

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5. Under Golconda Sultanate Telugu Niyogi Brahmins served in many different roles such as accountants, ministers, revenue administration and in judicial service.

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6. Similarly, the Tamil Brahmins were quick to take up English education during British colonial rule and dominate government service and law.

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7. Brahmins composed his spiritual message in poems, using widely spoken vernacular language rather than Sanskrit, to make it widely accessible.

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8. Many 18th and 19th century Brahmins are credited with religious movements that criticised idolatry.

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9. Some Brahmins formed an influential group in Burmese Buddhist kingdoms in 18th- and 19th-century.

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10. Brahmins were consulted in the transmission, development and maintenance of law and justice system outside India.

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