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Achhut

Chhu means to touch. Achhut means one which can not (should not) be touched.

Adivasi

A name given to tribal people in India.

Ahimsa

A concept oroginally popularised by both the Buddhists and the Jains.

Artha

Metrial possessions.

Arthashastra

ascribed to Kautiliya who was supposed to be a minister of Chandragupta Maurya.

Aryas

The name by which the Vedic people referred to themselves.

Ashvmedha

Performed in ancient times by a Raja to formalise his status as the king.

Avarna

Those without a varna, the untouchables.

Avatar

of a god or more specially of Hindu God Vishnu's 10 manifestations.

Ayurveda

Based on Indian folk remedies, developed fully by early Buddhists and given the appelation Veda to indicate its antiquity and not affilation to any Veda.

bhagat or bhakat

saint poets such as Kabir and Ravidas. The later is know as Guru Ravidas by Dalits.

Bhakti

devotion or piety to a god.

Brahmadeya

Village(s) recieved by Brahmin(s) as a gift.

Brahmin

Member of a Hindu priestly caste who only have right to teach the Vedas.

Chamar

member of a caste whose ancestors may have been leather workers and more importantly farm labourers subject to corvee.

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