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VAISHYA is one of the four _varnas _ of the Hindu social order in Nepal and India .

CONTENTS

* 1 Traditional duties * 2 Modern communities * 3 References * 4 External links

TRADITIONAL DUTIES

Hindu religious texts assigned Vaishyas to traditional roles in agriculture and cattle-rearing but over time they came to be landowners, traders and money-lenders. The Vaishyas, along with members of the Brahmin / Bahun and Kshatriya / Chhetri varnas, claim _dvija _ status ("twice born", a second or spiritual birth) after sacrament of initiation as in Hind