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The Society of Kakatiya Andhra

Cynthia Talbot

in Precolonial India in Practice

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195136616
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834716 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195136616.003.0003
The Society of Kakatiya Andhra

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Although the caste system is thought to have dominated the society of traditional India, people who commissioned inscriptions in Kakatiya Andhra (a.d.1175–1324 ) mentioned their clan or lineage affiliation far more often than their varna. Status titles based on occupation were widely used and could vary from generation to generation within a family, demonstrating that social identities were linked to individual achievement. There were many opportunities for both travel and social mobility due to the prevalence of military activity, long distance trade, and herding. Inscriptions cast further doubt on the alleged rigidity of traditional Indian society by revealing the presence of collectives of people brought together by ties other than kinship or locality and of many women who were wealthy enough to make temple donations.

Keywords: caste; clan; identities; long distance trade; social identities; mobility; status; varna; women

Chapter.  21766 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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