caṇḍāla चण्डाल

Definition: Are the variant forms of the name of a despised caste, which in origin was probably a tribal body, but which in the Brahminical theory was the offspring of Sūdra fathers and Brahmin mothers. The references to the caste in the Yajurveda Samhitās and in the Upanisads show clearly that it was a degraded one, but they yield no particulars.

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