By Andre Beteille
This paintings bargains with the connection among 3 primary points of social stratification, and gives a style for describing and interpreting version and alter in structures of stratification. This re-creation contains major extra fabric within the type of appendices, facing problems with substance and procedure, and an epilogue which surveys the altering fortunes of village reviews in India.
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Allaehcd to Melur-Sripuram. These are not all in one place, but in t hree differen t plnces separated from each other by distances of half a mile to a mile. Only one of the six cJreris is in Sripuram proper. in 36 T HE VILLAGE: PHYS ICAL STRUcrURE the sense that it is physically contiguous to the Non-B rahmin scttlement there. The other settlements are in the midst of paddy fields, separated clearly from the main villages to which they are attached. The cheris, more often than not, are situated in a manner which emphasizes their social exclusion from the village, rather than their social identity with it.
TIle resistan<;e to Non-Urnhmins has, in fact, far deeper roots. Their entry into Ihe (lgraharalll would upset a pattern of life which has been established over centuries. To the Brahmins such a contingency bears the appearance of a threat to their tradition and their cultural heritage. For them the agrafraf(/m is no t only a physical unit; it is a community and a way of life. GE: PHYSICAL STRUCTURE While, on the one hand, the agraharam is closed to NonBrahmins from the village or the region, it is, on the other hand, open to Brahmins from any part of the country.
Associated specifically with one or another group of cas tes. No temple has the same mea ning or serves the same purpo~e for all the ca~tcs in the village. The Vishnu willple ministers to the needs of the (Igralwram . T o a great ex tent th e religious Iife of the Brahm; IlS revolves around it. It has to be remembered that the mnjority of Brahmins in Sripuram arc ShTi Vaishnn\'us and th,ll the Smartha Brahmins also generall y worship Vishn u. Nlln-Ilruhmins do not come to lIn: Vishnu temple. except for a few menials who carry the deity during processions.
Caste, Class, and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village by Andre Beteille