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saṃkara


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The intermingling of varṇa and castes, through intermarriage, and/or one varṇa assuming the traditional role (svadharma) of another. According to Dharmaśāstra and other sources (e.g. the Bhagavadgītā) this will lead to a disastrous breakdown in the social and natural orders (dharma).

Subjects: Hinduism.


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