While the United States does not have a formal caste system or any tradition of one like India does, some argue otherwise. For example, Isabel Wilkerson argues that America does have a caste system that manifests as raci... More »

While it has been illegal in India to discriminate against others based on caste since the 1950s, the system continues to affect society in terms of economic inequality, genetic disease and even the election of politicia... More »

The most famous example of a caste system is the Hindu caste system of ancient India, with Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka having similarly structured systems. Nepalese castes are directly derived from the Hindu castes fou... More »

The most famous example of a caste system is the Hindu caste system of ancient India, with Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka having similarly structured systems. Nepalese castes are directly derived from the Hindu castes fou... More »

It is disputed that the Aryans created the caste system in India. A division of labor is believed to have already existed in India when the Indo-European or lighter-skinned conquerors moved into the area. More »

The caste system in India began about 100 B.C. when a holy text explicitly forbade intermarriages across the four classes of people living in India at the time. Occupational restrictions and forbidden intermarriages, whi... More »

India's caste system is believed to have originated with the Aryan invasion in the first millennium B.C. and has been a part of Hindu culture ever since, according to Faithology. The caste system has four parts--Brahmins... More »