- Book Title: Caste in India,: Its nature, function and origins
- Author: J. H Hutton
- ISBN: B0007IW8V4
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Year Published: 1946
- Our Normal Price: £14.30 GBP ($18.30 USD)
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- Description: Cambridge University Press 1946: Green cloth hardcover: no dust jacket: 279 pages: fold-in map . Contents:- Foreword. Part one: The Background. Chapter 1. Racial elements in India: The diversity of India's population. Chapter 2. Southern India. The forest tribes- Telugu and Tamil; Malabar; Coorg; the Nilgiris; the Decan. Chapter 3. Western, Central and Eastern India : the West Coast; Maharashtra; the tribes of Central India and Chota Nagpur; or Orissa; Assam; Benegal. Chapter 4. Northern India: Upper India; Rajputana; the Punjab; Sind; the mountains of the North West. The significance of diversity. Part two: Caste. Chapter 5. Its Structure . The construction of caste as an endogamous unit of society: subcaste, hypergamy, exogamous divisions; Varna: castes of the right and left-hand. Chapter 6. Its Strictures. The avoidance of pollution through water, food or contact; use of temples; birth and death taboos; marriage rules; clothing and ornaments; language; houses; inheritance; travel. Chapter 7. Its Sanctions. Caste a social unit- respective provinces of social and religious authority; control by secular rulers; by religious authorities; by the caste council. The territorial limits, jurisdiction, procedure, and punishments of caste councils. Chapter 8. Its Functions. The functions of caste in their social, economic, political and religious aspects from the points of view of the individual member; from that of the caste as a whole. Caste as a stabiliser; as an organism; its religious sanction; its drawbacks, political, economic and social. The genetic function of caste. Part Three. Origins. Chapter 9. Analogous institutions everywhere. Plural societies; compulsory functions; social hypergamy; ritual occupations; hereditary occupations; stratified society in ancient Egypt; and in Burma. Chapter 10. The traditional origin and its implications. The four varna ; castes of mix origin, anuloma and pratiloma ; matrilineal survivals; Mediterranean cults; devadasi; basavi, murli ; casts of the Right and Left-hand. Chapter 11. Other theories; factors in the emergence of caste. Caste as an artificial creation; as originating in occupation; in class distinctions; in colour; caste as originating in family worship, in race and hypergamy, in guild and in tribe , in ritual; caste as originating in primitive beliefs in magic, mana, totemism, and in the fear of pollution. Effects of geographical and political divisions on caste, of the doctrine of karma ; marginal survival of primitive conditions; life matter ; mana ; taboo. Chapter 12. Conclusions. Part four. Appendices. A, The position of the exterior castes. B, Hinduism in its relation to primitive religions in India. Part Five. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Condition: rippling to front cover: ownership inscription: overall very clean and good
- Condition: Collectable- Good
- Dustcover: No
- Binding: Hardback
- Type: Used Books
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