destined to be damned.

You probably know something or other about a caste system in India and Nepal, but did you know there’s really no way out of it?

Let me break it down for you a bit.  There are four castes: Bhramin, Kshatriyas,Vaishya and Sudras.  Further below these castes are the Dalits, the Untouchables.

Within these castes, people groups exist.  For example, the Badi people are Untouchables  This is NOT the caste you want to be a part of.  You’re essentially ostracized from society.  You get the worst sorts of jobs and are deemed unclean.  Oh, and many of them are doomed to live as sex workers.  Can you imagine?  “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  There are not many options for these kids.  They can’t even try to choose something like teacher, doctor, government worker, or even restaurant owner.  They get stuck with brick makers, prostitutes, street sweepers, and latrine cleaners.  They are destined to be damned.

From what I understand, the caste system lost it’s official recognition after the war, but that doesn’t mean it’s not still in place.  Slavery and Racism lost it’s official recognition ages ago as well and we still have issues with it in the U.S.  Once these big ideas have been engrained in society and mentalities and cultural traditions, they’re hard to break.  It’s certainly not going to be a clean break, that’s for sure.  It takes time and that makes my heart hurt. for those dealing with any sort of oppression and discrimination.

It’s discouraging.  It’s heartbreaking.  It’s mind-blowing that these sorts of things happen in the world.  It’s things like this that get me discouraged.  How the heck are we supposed to help?  How do we break the cycle?  How do we cope with something so cultural and traditional and wrong in so many ways?  Is it our place to meddle?  I want to be respectful of the Nepali people and culture but this system doesn’t make sense in so many ways.

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