Statements in our shastras

Vidyasankar vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 6 09:25:46 CST 2003

>this system, there are instances of paternal grandfather being a Brahmin,
>he was belonging to Nambudiri community; father a Kshatriya as his mother
>was from Varma community and son a Shudra as his mother was from the Nair

Strictly speaking, such instances of "mixed caste" children are not Sudras
according to the dharmashAstra-s. Agreed that the structure of Kerala
society was and is extremely complicated, but by that very token, it is too
simplistic to fit everybody at some rung of the classical four varNa system.


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