Glossary

Search for glossary terms (regular expression allowed)
Begin with Contains Exact termSounds like

Glossaries

All A B C D G H J K V W X Y Z
Term Definition
Dalit

Literally meaning Broken or Oppressed. Formerly known as the Untouchables.

Danda

Symbol of state power.

Dasa

slave of the Arya.

Dhamma

Buddhist doctrine, righteousness, the way or the path. Dhamma is a Pali language term not to be confused with Hindu Dharma.

Dharma

"that which upholds". Cosmological duty; law and order. Includes varnashram or caste dharma. Dharma is a Sanskrit term. Sikhs also sometimes refer to Sikhism as Sikh Dharma.

Dvija

The upper 3 varnas are also known as dvijas or twice-born as only they are entitled to religious initiation. The Sudras (manual workers) who are the fourth varna and the Untouchables do not have this right.

Syndication