For this discussion, (150 -200 words )
- After viewing the video on the Caste system, discuss the caste system and its affect on women in modern Indian society, are there any parallels to the caste system and the American class system (upper, middle and lower class)?
- Many reformers from within and outside of the Hindu tradition have called for the abolition of the caste system, yet it remains firmly entrenched in Indian society. To what extent is it possible and/or legitimate to tamper with social-religious practices and norms that date back thousands of years?
- Over its long history, Hinduism has demonstrated remarkable religious tolerance and flexibility, even to the point of advocating polytheism, monotheism, and monism all within a single religion.What are the implications of having such a flexible religious system? What are the advantages and disadvantages?