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A charioteer (i.e. the driver of a chariot carrying a king or a kṣatriya), who, in the Epics and Purāṇas, is also a narrator or royal bard (e.g. Saṃjaya in the Mahābhārata). According to Manusmṛti (10.11) a sūta (regarded as the member of a caste) is the offspring of a mixed union, the son of a kṣatriya man by a brahmin girl. The relationship, historical or theoretical, between these various roles, remains unclear, as does the precise social status of the sūta. It may be noted that Kṛṣṇa acts as Arjuna's driver in the Bhagavadgītā.

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