Re: The Buddha's racial appearance
- Hi Dmytro,
To my understanding, the caste system (varna and jati) is determined by
social classes and by birth. So the social status of a Brahmana or
Ksatriya cannot be dismissed as Vasala or Outcast by becoming a
Sramana/Samana. They are born to be a particular caste status.
--- In Pali@yahoogroups.com, "Dmytro O. Ivakhnenko" <aavuso@...> wrote:
> Hi Thomas,
> > According to Sutta Nipata 1. 7. Vasalasutta, the Buddha was
> > as Vasala (Outcast) by a Brahmana.
> Many followers of the Buddha that have gone forth have been despised
> well, just because they lived by begging for food, like an outcastes.
> And almost all of the followers have been born in higher varnas.
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