Brahmans


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to Brahmans: caste system, Brahmanas, Brahmins, Kshatriyas

Brahmans

 

a group of the highest castes in India. In ancient India, the Brahmans performed sacrificial offerings and were experts and interpreters of the Vedas. They constituted one of the two ruling varnas. In the period of feudalism, the source of support for the majority of Brahmans became not so much the fulfillment of priestly obligations as service in the administrative apparatus, the courts, and landownership. The Brahman castes occupy the highest position in the estate-caste hierarchy in all the nationalities of India that profess Hinduism. In modern India, Brahmans make up a significant part of the ruling classes and intelligentsia. Among the Brahmans there are also peasants, lower-level office workers, domestic servants, and factory workers.

G. F. IL’IN

References in periodicals archive ?
They offer their Brahman and Simmentaler stud animals twice a year, at the Northern Select Winter Sale, which takes place in June and at the Northern Select Sale in Grootfontein, which will be on 7 November.
Both teams score but the Brahmans earn the winning edge with a conversion.
In spite the fact that in post-colonial Goa a mahajan must be elected by other Brahmans, most of the temples tend to keep the mahajan as a lifetime appointment.
The `wizard lore' of the Brahmans (as opposed to Hindu law codified by the British) will be dispelled by the more potent Prospero-like imperial magic as symbolized by `the wand of (British) empire'.
It follows then that Dumont's values are those of the Brahmans and like the Brahmans he denies the existence of Sudra values not shared by Brahmans, ie of asymmetrical recognition.
The Brahman bull fetching the highest price was bought by Michael Seefeldt for N$60,000, with a total of 8 Brahman bulls selling for an average N$35,125.
Brahman crossbred cows perform well in the southern United States, so they are widely used there.
By ignoring relevant Indian physical analyses and analogous powerful notions such as guna and dosa, both scholars are left struggling to import other ways of distinguishing kings or ksatriyas (whom Quigley credits with a major role in caste origins, contra Dumont) from brahmans or renouncers (whose roles Quigley discredits, also contra Dumont).
The ARS Subtropical Agricultural Research Station in Brooksville, Florida, is trying to overcome the Brahman toughness problem.
The word's been spreading for at least a decade: Senepol cattle can stand hot weather just as well as Brahmans, offering a long-awaited breeding alternative for livestock growers in subtropical settings.
On the infccted fescue, the gap between the two was not as large - 456 pounds for the calves from Angus mothers compared with 445 pounds for those from Brahmans.
They relied on the old landed aristocracy, rural Brahmans, and urban merchant groups for local administration - and thus continued the Hindu disabilities on low and untouchable castes.