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Brahmin
Brahmin
(/ˈbrɑːmənə/; ब्राह्मण) is a varna (class, caste) in Hinduism
Hinduism
specialising as priests, teachers (acharya) and protectors of sacred learning across generations.[1][2] The traditional occupation of Brahmins was that of priesthood at the Hindu
Hindu
temples or at socio-religious ceremonies and rite of passage rituals such as solemnising a wedding with hymns and prayers.[2][3] In practice, Indian texts suggest that Brahmins were agriculturalists, warriors, traders and have held a variety of other occupations in India.[3][4][5]

Contents

1 Vedic sources

1.1 Purusha Sukta 1.2 Shrauta Sutras 1.3 Brahmin
Brahmin
and renunciation tradition in Hinduism

2 Dharmasutras and Dharmashastras 3 History

3.1 Normative occupations 3.2 Actual occupations 3.3 Brahmins, bhakti movement and social reform movements 3.4 Modern demographics and economic condition

4 In Buddhist and Jaina texts 5 Outside India: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia
Cambodia
and Indonesia 6 See also 7 Notes 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

Vedic sources

Brahmin
Brahmin
priests

a brahmin doing ahaman and chanting

Myanmar

Indonesia

early 19th century India

Purusha Sukta Main article: Purusha Sukta The earliest inferred reference to "Brahmin" as a possible social class is in the Rigveda, occurs once, and the hymn is called Purusha Sukta.[6] According to this hymn in Mandala 10, Brahmins are described as having emerged from the mouth of Purusha, being that part of the body from which words emerge.[7][8][note 1] This Purusha Sukta
Purusha Sukta
varna verse is now generally considered to have been inserted at a later date into the Vedic text, possibly as a charter myth.[9] Stephanie Jamison and Joel Brereton, a professor of Sanskrit and Religious studies, state, "there is no evidence in the Rigveda
Rigveda
for an elaborate, much-subdivided and overarching caste system", and "the varna system seems to be embryonic in the Rigveda
Rigveda
and, both then and later, a social ideal rather than a social reality".[9] Shrauta Sutras Main article: Yajna Ancient texts describing community-oriented Vedic yajna rituals mention four to five priests: the hotar, the adhvaryu, the udgatar, the Brahmin
Brahmin
and sometimes the ritvij.[10][11] The functions associated with the priests were:

The Hotri recites invocations and litanies drawn from the Rigveda.[12] The Adhvaryu is the priest's assistant and is in charge of the physical details of the ritual like measuring the ground, building the altar explained in the Yajurveda. The adhvaryu offers oblations.[12] The Udgatri is the chanter of hymns set to melodies and music (sāman) drawn from the Samaveda. The udgatar, like the hotar, chants the introductory, accompanying and benediction hymns.[12] The Brahmin
Brahmin
recites from the Atharvaveda.[11] The Ritvij is the chief operating priest.[11]

According to Kulkarni, the Grhya-sutras state that Yajna, Adhyayana (studying the vedas and teaching), dana pratigraha (accepting and giving gifts) are the "peculiar duties and privileges of brahmins".[13] Brahmin
Brahmin
and renunciation tradition in Hinduism The term Brahmin
Brahmin
in Indian texts has signified someone who is good and virtuous, not just someone of priestly class.[14] Both Buddhist and Brahmanical literature, states Patrick Olivelle, repeatedly define "Brahmin" not in terms of family of birth, but in terms of personal qualities.[14] These virtues and characteristics mirror the values cherished in Hinduism
Hinduism
during the Sannyasa
Sannyasa
stage of life, or the life of renunciation for spiritual pursuits. Brahmins, states Olivelle, were the social class from which most ascetics came.[14] Dharmasutras and Dharmashastras The Dharmasutras and Dharmasatras text of Hinduism
Hinduism
describe the expectations, duties and role of Brahmins. The rules and duties in these Dharma
Dharma
texts of Hinduism, are primarily directed at Brahmins. The Gautama's Dharmasutra, the oldest of surviving Hindu
Hindu
Dharmasutras, for example, states in verse 9.54–9.55 that a Brahmin
Brahmin
should not participate or perform a ritual unless he is invited to do so, but he may attend. Gautama outlines the following rules of conduct for a Brahmin, in Chapters 8 and 9:[15]

Virtues more important than rituals A [Brahmin] man who has performed the forty sacramental rites, but lacks eight virtues does not obtain union with or residence in the same world as Brahman. A man who may have performed just some rites, but possesses these eight virtues, on the other hand, does.

—Gautama Dharmasutra 9.24–9.25[16]

Be always truthful Conduct himself as an Aryan Teach his art only to virtuous men Follow rules of ritual purification Study Vedas
Vedas
with delight Never hurt any living creature Be gentle but steadfast Have self-control Be kind, liberal towards everyone

Chapter 8 of the Dharmasutra, states Olivelle, asserts the functions of a Brahmin
Brahmin
to be to learn the Vedas, the secular sciences, the Vedic supplements, the dialogues, the epics and the Puranas; to understand the texts and pattern his conduct according to precepts contained in this texts, to undertake Sanskara (rite of passage)
Sanskara (rite of passage)
and rituals, and lead a virtuous life.[17] The text lists eight virtues that a Brahmin
Brahmin
must inculcate: compassion, patience, lack of envy, purification, tranquility, auspicious disposition, generosity and lack of greed, and then asserts in verse 9.24–9.25, that it is more important to lead a virtuous life than perform rites and rituals, because virtue leads to achieving liberation (moksha, a life in the world of Brahman).[17]

Left: Brahmin
Brahmin
woman, Right: Brahmin
Brahmin
girl (both paintings by Lady Lawley, 1914)

The later Dharma
Dharma
texts of Hinduism
Hinduism
such as Baudhayana Dharmasutra add charity, modesty, refraining from anger and never being arrogant as duties of a Brahmin.[18] The Vasistha Dharmasutra in verse 6.23 lists discipline, austerity, self-control, liberality, truthfulness, purity, Vedic learning, compassion, erudition, intelligence and religious faith as characteristics of a Brahmin.[19] In 13.55, the Vasistha text states that a Brahmin
Brahmin
must not accept weapons, poison or liquor as gifts.[20] The Dharmasastras
Dharmasastras
such as Manusmriti, like Dharmsutras, are codes primarily focussed on how a Brahmin
Brahmin
must live his life, and their relationship with a king and warrior class.[21] Manusmriti
Manusmriti
dedicates 1,034 verses, the largest portion, on laws for and expected virtues of Brahmins.[22] It asserts, for example,

A well disciplined Brahmin, although he knows just the Savitri verse, is far better than an undisciplined one who eats all types of food and deals in all types of merchandise though he may know all three Vedas. —  Manusmriti
Manusmriti
2.118, Translated by Patrick Olivelle[23]

John Bussanich states that the ethical precepts set for Brahmins, in ancient Indian texts, are similar to Greek virtue-ethics, that "Manu's dharmic Brahmin
Brahmin
can be compared to Aristotle's man of practical wisdom",[24] and that "the virtuous Brahmin
Brahmin
is not unlike the Platonic-Aristotelian philosopher" with the difference that the latter was not sacerdotal.[25] History According to Abraham Eraly, " Brahmin
Brahmin
as a varna hardly had any presence in historical records before the Gupta Empire era" (3rd century to 6th century CE), and "no Brahmin, no sacrifice, no ritualistic act of any kind ever, even once, is referred to in any Indian text" dated to be from the first century CE or before.[26] Their role as priests and repository of sacred knowledge, as well as their importance in the practice of Vedic Shrauta rituals grew during the Gupta Empire era and thereafter.[26] However, the knowledge about actual history of Brahmins or other varnas of Hinduism
Hinduism
in and after 1st-millennium is fragmentary and preliminary, with little that is from verifiable records or archeological evidence, and much that is constructed from a-historical Sanskrit works and fiction. Michael Witzel writes,

Toward a history of the Brahmins: Current research in the area is fragmentary. The state of our knowledge of this fundamental subject is preliminary, at best. Most Sanksrit works are a-historic or, at least, not especially interested in presenting a chronological account of India's history. When we actually encounter history, such as in Rajatarangini or in the Gopalavamsavali of Nepal, the texts do not deal with brahmins in great detail. — Michael Witzel, Review (1993)[27]

Normative occupations

Brahmins in white dress performing the Bhumi Puja ritual yajna around fire

The Gautama Dharmasutra states in verse 10.3 that it is obligatory on a Brahmin
Brahmin
to learn and teach the Vedas.[28] Chapter 10 of the text, according to Olivelle translation, states that he may impart Vedic instructions to a teacher, relative, friend, elder, anyone who offers exchange of knowledge he wants, or anyone who pays for such education.[28] The Chapter 10 adds that a Brahmin
Brahmin
may also engage in agriculture, trade, lend money on interest, while Chapter 7 states that a Brahmin
Brahmin
may engage in the occupation of a warrior in the times of adversity.[28][29] Typically, asserts Gautama Dharmasutra, a Brahmin
Brahmin
should accept any occupation to sustain himself but avoid the occupations of a Shudra, but if his life is at stake a Brahmin
Brahmin
may sustain himself by accepting occupations of a Shudra.[29] The text forbids a Brahmin
Brahmin
from engaging in the trade of animals for slaughter, meat, medicines and milk products even in the times of adversity.[29] The Apastamba Dharmasutra asserts in verse 1.20.10 that trade is generally not sanctioned for Brahmins, but in the times of adversity he may do so.[30] The chapter 1.20 of Apastamba, states Olivelle, forbids the trade of the following under any circumstances: human beings, meat, skins, weapons, barren cows, sesame seeds, pepper, and merits.[30] The 1st millennium CE Dharmasastras, that followed the Dharmasutras contain similar recommendations on occupations for a Brahmin, both in prosperous or normal times, and in the times of adversity.[31] The widely studied Manusmriti, for example, states:

Except during a time of adversity, a Brahmin
Brahmin
ought to sustain himself by following a livelihood that causes little or no harm to creatures. He should gather wealth just sufficient for his subsistence through irreproachable activities that are specific to him, without fatiguing his body. – 4.2–4.3 He must never follow a worldly occupation for the sake of livelihood, but subsist by means of a pure, upright and honest livelihood proper to a Brahmin. One who seeks happiness should become supremely content and self controlled, for happiness is rooted in contentment and its opposite is the root of unhappiness. – 4.11–4.12 — Manusmriti, Translated by Patrick Olivelle[32]

An ascetic from renunciation tradition (1914)

The Manusmriti
Manusmriti
recommends that a Brahmin's occupation must never involve forbidden activities such as producing or trading poison, weapons, meat, trapping birds and others.[33] It also lists six occupations that it deems proper for a Brahmin: teaching, studying, offering yajna, officiating at yajna, giving gifts and accepting gifts.[33] Of these, states Manusmriti, three which provide a Brahmin with a livelihood are teaching, officiating at yajna, and accepting gifts.[34] The text states that teaching is best, and ranks the accepting of gifts as the lowest of the six.[33] In the times of adversity, Manusmriti
Manusmriti
recommends that a Brahmin
Brahmin
may live by engaging in the occupations of the warrior class, or agriculture or cattle herding or trade.[34] Of these, Manusmriti
Manusmriti
in verses 10.83–10.84 recommends a Brahmin
Brahmin
should avoid agriculture if possible because, according to Olivelle translation, agriculture "involves injury to living beings and dependence of others" when the plow digs the ground and injures the creatures that live in the soil.[34][35] However, adds Manusmriti, even in the times of adversity, a Brahmin
Brahmin
must never trade or produce poison, weapons, meat, soma, liquor, perfume, milk and milk products, molasses, captured animals or birds, beeswax, sesame seeds or roots.[34] Actual occupations

Adi Shankara
Adi Shankara
a proponent of Advaita Vedanta, was born in a Brahmin family, and is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism.[36][37][38]

Historical records, state scholars, suggest that Brahmin
Brahmin
varna was not limited to a particular status or priest and teaching profession.[3][4][39] Historical records from mid 1st millennium CE and later, suggest Brahmins were agriculturalists and warriors in medieval India, quite often instead of as exception.[3][4] Donkin and other scholars state that Hoysala Empire
Hoysala Empire
records frequently mention Brahmin
Brahmin
merchants "carried on trade in horses, elephants and pearls" and transported goods throughout medieval India before the 14th-century.[40][41] The Pali Canon
Pali Canon
depicts Brahmins as the most prestigious and elite non-Buddhist figures.[39] They mention them parading their learning. The Pali Canon
Pali Canon
and other Buddhist texts
Buddhist texts
such as the Jataka Tales also record the livelihood of Brahmins to have included being farmers, handicraft workers and artisans such as carpentry and architecture.[39][42] Buddhist sources extensively attest, state Greg Bailey and Ian Mabbett, that Brahmins were "supporting themselves not by religious practice, but employment in all manner of secular occupations", in the classical period of India.[39] Some of the Brahmin
Brahmin
occupations mentioned in the Buddhist texts
Buddhist texts
such as Jatakas and Sutta Nipata are very lowly.[39] The Dharmasutras too mention Brahmin
Brahmin
farmers.[39][43] According to Haidar and Sardar, in the Islamic sultanates of the Deccan region, and unlike the Mughal Empire, Telugu Niyogi Brahmins served the Muslim sultans in many different roles such as accountants, ministers, revenue administration and in judicial service.[44] The Deccan sultanates
Deccan sultanates
also heavily recruited Marathi Brahmins at different levels of their administration[45] During the days of Maratha Empire in the 17th and 18th century, the occupation of Marathi Brahmins ranged from administration, being warriors to being de facto rulers[46][47] After the collapse of Maratha empire, Brahmins in Maharashtra region were quick to take advantage of opportunities opened up by the new British rulers.They were the first community to take up Western education and therefore dominated lower level of British administration in the 19th century[48] Eric Bellman states that during the Islamic Mughal Empire era Brahmins served as advisers to the Mughals, later to the British Raj.[49] The East India Company
East India Company
recruited from the Brahmin
Brahmin
communities of the present day Uttar pradesh and Bihar regions for the Bengal army[50] Many Brahmins, in other parts of South Asia lived like other varna, engaged in all sorts of professions. Among Nepalese Hindus, for example, Niels Gutschow and Axel Michaels report the actual observed professions of Brahmins from 18th- to early 20th-century included being temple priests, minister, merchants, farmers, potters, masons, carpenters, coppersmiths, stone workers, barbers, gardeners among others.[51] Other 20th-century surveys, such as in the state of Uttar Pradesh, recorded that the primary occupation of almost all Brahmin
Brahmin
families surveyed was neither priestly nor Vedas-related, but like other varnas, ranged from crop farming (80 per cent of Brahmins), dairy, service, labour such as cooking, and other occupations.[52][53] The survey reported that the Brahmin
Brahmin
families involved in agriculture as their primary occupation in modern times plough the land themselves, many supplementing their income by selling their labor services to other farmers.[52][54] Brahmins, bhakti movement and social reform movements

Raja Ram Mohan Roy, a Brahmin, founded Brahmo Samaj.

Many of the prominent thinkers and earliest champions of the Bhakti movement were Brahmins, a movement that encouraged a direct relationship of an individual with a personal god.[55][56] Among the many Brahmins who nurtured the Bhakti
Bhakti
movement were Ramanuja, Nimbarka, Vallabha and Madhvacharya
Madhvacharya
of Vaishnavism,[56] Ramananda, another devotional poet sant.[57][58] Born in a Brahmin family,[57][59] Ramananda
Ramananda
welcomed everyone to spiritual pursuits without discriminating anyone by gender, class, caste or religion (such as Muslims).[59][60][61] He composed his spiritual message in poems, using widely spoken vernacular language rather than Sanskrit, to make it widely accessible. His ideas also influenced the founders of Sikhism
Sikhism
in 15th century, and his verses and he are mentioned in the Sikh scripture Adi Granth.[62] The Hindu
Hindu
tradition recognises him as the founder of the Hindu
Hindu
Ramanandi Sampradaya,[63] the largest monastic renunciant community in Asia in modern times.[64][65] Other medieval era Brahmins who led spiritual movement without social or gender discrimination included Andal
Andal
(9th-century female poet), Basava
Basava
(12th-century Lingayatism), Dnyaneshwar
Dnyaneshwar
(13th-century Bhakti poet), Vallabha Acharya
Vallabha Acharya
(16th-century Vaishnava poet), among others.[66][67][68] Many 18th and 19th century Brahmins are credited with religious movements that criticised idolatry. For example, the Brahmins Raja Ram Mohan Roy led Brahmo Samaj
Brahmo Samaj
and Dayananda Saraswati
Saraswati
led the Arya Samaj.[69][70] Modern demographics and economic condition According to 2007 reports, Brahmins in India are about five percent of its total population.[49][71] The Himalayan states of Uttarakhand (20%) and Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh
(14%) have the highest percentage of Brahmin
Brahmin
population relative to respective state's total Hindus.[71] Also, the participation of Brahmins in present government is very high. According to a Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
report, an estimated 65 percent of the Brahmin
Brahmin
households in India, with about 40 million people, lived on less than $100 a month in 2004; this number dropped to about 50% in 2007.[49] Brahmins have also included wealthier and politically successful members.[72] In Buddhist and Jaina texts The term Brahmin
Brahmin
appears extensively in ancient and medieval Sutras and commentary texts of Buddhism
Buddhism
and Jainism. In Buddhist Pali Canon, such as the Majjhima Nikaya
Majjhima Nikaya
and Devadaha Sutta, first written down about 1st century BCE,[73] the Buddha is attributed to be mentioning Jain Brahmins and ascetics, as he describes their karma doctrine and ascetic practices:[74]

The Blessed One [Buddha] said, "There are, o monks, some ascetics and Brahmins who speak thus and are of such opinion: 'Whatever a particular person experiences, whether pleasant or painful, or neither pleasant nor painful, all this has (...) Thus say, o monks, those free of bonds [Jainas]. "O Niganthas, you ... — Cula Dukkha Kkhandha Sutta, early Buddhist text, Translated by Piotr Balcerowicz[74][75]

Modern scholars state that such usage of the term Brahmin
Brahmin
in ancient texts does not imply a caste, but simply "masters" (experts), guardian, recluse, preacher or guide of any tradition.[76][77][78] An alternate synonym for Brahmin
Brahmin
in the Buddhist and other non-Hindu tradition is Mahano.[76] Outside India: Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia
Cambodia
and Indonesia Further information: Hinduism
Hinduism
in Southeast Asia

Among the Hindus of Bali, Indonesia, Brahmins are called Pedandas.[79] The role of Brahmin
Brahmin
priests, called Sulinggih,[80] has been open to both genders since medieval times. A Hindu
Hindu
Brahmin
Brahmin
priestess is shown above.

Some Brahmins formed an influential group in Burmese Buddhist kingdoms in 18th- and 19th-century. The court Brahmins were locally called Punna.[81] During the Konbaung dynasty, Buddhist kings relied on their court Brahmins to consecrate them to kingship in elaborate ceremonies, and to help resolve political questions.[81] This role of Hindu Brahmins in a Buddhist kingdom, states Leider, may have been because Hindu
Hindu
texts provide guidelines for such social rituals and political ceremonies, while Buddhist texts
Buddhist texts
don't.[81] The Brahmins were also consulted in the transmission, development and maintenance of law and justice system outside India.[81] Hindu Dharmasastras, particularly Manusmriti
Manusmriti
written by the Brahmin
Brahmin
Manu, states Anthony Reid,[82] were "greatly honored in Burma (Myanmar), Siam (Thailand), Cambodia
Cambodia
and Java- Bali
Bali
(Indonesia) as the defining documents of law and order, which kings were obliged to uphold. They were copied, translated and incorporated into local law code, with strict adherence to the original text in Burma and Siam, and a stronger tendency to adapt to local needs in Java (Indonesia)".[82][83][84] The mythical origins of Cambodia
Cambodia
are credited to a Brahmin
Brahmin
prince named Kaundinya, who arrived by sea, married a Naga princess living in the flooded lands.[85][86] Kaudinya founded Kambuja-desa, or Kambuja (transliterated to Kampuchea or Cambodia). Kaundinya introduced Hinduism, particularly Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva
Shiva
and Harihara (half Vishnu, half Shiva), and these ideas grew in southeast Asia in the 1st millennium CE.[85] Brahmins have been part of the Royal tradition of Thailand, particularly for the consecration and to mark annual land fertility rituals of Buddhist kings. A small Brahmanical temple Devasathan, established in 1784 by King Rama
Rama
I of Thailand, has been managed by ethnically Thai Brahmins ever since.[87] The temple hosts Phra Phikhanesuan (Ganesha), Phra Narai (Narayana, Vishnu), Phra Itsuan (Shiva), Uma, Brahma, Indra
Indra
(Sakka) and other Hindu
Hindu
deities.[87] The tradition asserts that the Thai Brahmins have roots in Hindu
Hindu
holy city of Varanasi
Varanasi
and southern state of Tamil Nadu, go by the title Pandita, and the various annual rites and state ceremonies they conduct has been a blend of Buddhist and Hindu
Hindu
rituals. The coronation ceremony of the Thai king is almost entirely conducted by the royal Brahmins.[87][88] See also

Caste system in India Vedic priesthood List of Brahmins

Notes

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यत् पुरुषं व्यदधुः कतिधा व्यकल्पयन् । मुखं किम् अस्य कौ बाहू का ऊरू पादा उच्येते ॥११॥ ब्राह्मणो ऽस्य मुखम् आसीद् बाहू राजन्यः कृतः । ऊरू तद् अस्य यद् वैश्यः पद्भ्यां शूद्रो अजायत ॥१२॥ 11 When they divided Puruṣa how many portions did they make? What do they call his mouth, his arms? What do they call his thighs and feet? 12 The Brahmin
Brahmin
was his mouth, of both his arms was the Rājanya made. His thighs became the Vaiśya, from his feet the Śūdra was produced.

Rigveda
Rigveda
10.90.11-2

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Further reading

Baldev Upadhyaya, Kashi Ki Panditya Parampara, Sharda Sansthan, Varanasi, 1985. Christopher Alan Bayly, Rulers, Townsmen, and Bazaars: North Indian Society in the Age of British Expansion, 1770–1870, Cambridge University Press, 1983. Anand A. Yang, Bazaar India: Markets, Society, and the Colonial State in Bihar, University of California Press, 1999. M. N. Srinivas, Social Change in Modern India, Orient Longman, Delhi, 1995.

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