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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Caste in a Natal Hindu community
Authors:Rambiritch, B.
Berghe, P.L. van den
Year:1961
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:20
Issue:4
Pages:217-225
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Indians
caste systems
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020186108707148
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to document Hilda Kuper's findings, laid down in her book 'Indian People in Natal' in which she analysed the transformation and the gradual disappearance of caste among South African Hindus, in greater detail by studying the caste situation in a Natal North Coast Community. For the analysis of the local caste situation the main characteristics of the classical Hindu caste system is taken as point of departure; membership by birth and for life; hierarchical ordering; commensality restrictions and dietary rules; defilement rules; religious sanctions and disabilities; the panchayat; occupational specialisation; the use of caste names; endogamy. Tables.
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