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Brahmin


Even today, discrimination against Brahmins and non-Brahmins are both widespread.
  the first caste of Hindu society — responsibility for maintaining and communicating cultural tradition; hence providing priests, scholars and teachers
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Brahmin Brahmins
Strongly Associated with:   Brahma, Brahman
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Word Confusion:  Brahmin is often confused with Brahman (concept of the supreme spirit found in Hinduism) because in Sanskrit they are spelled "bráhman" and "brahmán" respectively.
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  • Even today, discrimination against Brahmins and non-Brahmins are both widespread.
  • …assaults upon their indwelling guilt during an era of unalleviated discomfort which ended officially on a morning in August, 1963, when on North Water Street in Edgartown, Massachusetts, the youngish, straw-haired, dimple-kneed wife of the yacht-club commodore, a prominent Brahmin investment banker, was seen brandishing a copy of James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time as she uttered to a friend, in tones of clamp-jawed desolation, these words: "My dear, it’s going to happen to all of us!"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I went to temple at crowded times when the Brahmins were too distracted to come between God and me.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Instead they’re a mix of Angus, Brahmin, and other breeds.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore’s Dilemma

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  • Some Brahmins, clad in all the sumptuousness of Oriental apparel, and leading a woman who faltered at every step, followed.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • He did not go as far as the Brahmin, but he seemed to have weighed this saying of Ecclesiastes: "Who knoweth whither the soul of the animal goeth?"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The Brahmins maintain that in the almost endless sculptures of that immemorial pagoda, all the trades and pursuits, every conceivable avocation of man, were prefigured ages before any of them actually came into being.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the Hindu, Egyptian, or Romanesque architecture, one feels the priest, nothing but the priest, whether he calls himself Brahmin, Magian, or Pope.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The priest is a friend of Moushumi’s parents, an anesthesiologist who happens to be a Brahmin.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • Brahmins and chumars, bankers and tinkers, barbers and bunnias, pilgrims and potters—all the world going and coming.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim

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  • Chacko’s hero, Comrade E. M. S. Namboodiripad, the flamboyant Brahmin high priest of Marxism in Kerala, became Chief Minister of the first ever democratically elected Communist government in the world.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …human race ever suffered into a little pinch in his fingers like dust and fling it backward over his head, and raised the bottle and bowed first to Grandfather then to all the other men sitting their horses in a circle and looking at him, and then he took not only the first drink of neat whiskey he ever took in his life but the drink of it that he could no more have conceived himself taking than the Brahmin can believe that that situation can conceivably arise in which he will eat dog.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • One day a Brahmin youth arrived and asked why anyone so beautiful should be destroying herself with such torture.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • The sacred books of the Brahmins.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The colonel’s accent is Brahmin and his tone is fearless.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • "That which no longer finds favor in the hearing of Brahmins," said the boy.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • With three other Brahmins he formed in Mohalis a Boston colony which stood for sturdy sweetness and decorously shaded light.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Despite Hema’s lack of interest in marriage, her mother was terrified that her daughter would end up with a non-Brahmin, someone like Ghosh.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • I would lay a wager, that amongst the castes of India there are amazing variations of language, and that there is almost as much difference between the language of the pariah and that of the Brahmin as there is in their dress.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • A few bolder spirits, as we have seen, spoke out for national freedom in language as well as in letters—among them, Channing—but in the main the Brahmins of the time were conservatives in [Pg073] that department, and it is difficult to imagine Emerson or Irving or Bryant sanctioning the innovations later adopted so easily by Howells.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I see the place of the idea of the Deity incarnated by avatars in human forms, I see the spots of the successions of priests on the earth, oracles, sacrificers, brahmins, sabians, llamas, monks, muftis, exhorters, I see where druids walk’d the groves of Mona, I see the mistletoe and vervain, I see the temples of the deaths of the bodies of Gods, I see the old signifiers.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • The beggar accepted the food with the courtesies of a Brahmin, but declined to eat anything other than bread and fruit.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • The family priest, an old, tolerant Sarsut Brahmin, dropped in later, and naturally started a theological argument to impress the family.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A Brahmin sometimes shooed me away from darshan.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • It was said that her blessing would ensure one’s being incarnated as a Brahmin.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Certainly those down-country Brahmins are utterly useless.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • (As for Elfie, she lived out the rest of her days at the Trivandrum Zoo.) One zoo asked for "an authentic Brahmin cow" for their children’s zoo.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • A Brahmin who renounced the world to find his soul passed this way, suffered an accident, died here the real death.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Personally, he believed in Brahmins, though, like all natives, he was acutely aware of their cunning and their greed.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • ’For the sick cow a crow; for the sick man a Brahmin.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • She’d left behind Madras, left behind labels of caste, gone so far away that the word "Brahmin" meant nothing.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • But your words move me, and they are superior to the teachings of the Brahmins.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • The buck-Brahmin evaporates without explanations, an’ the bhoy sets cross-legged on the Chaplain’s bed prophesyin’ bloody war to the men at large.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • ’He turns up in charge of a yellow-headed buck-Brahmin priest, with his father’s Lodge certificates round his neck, talkin’ God knows what all of a red bull.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The Brahmin in the house of the father of my daughter’s son has since said that it was through his prayers—which is a little error that I will explain to him when we reach our journey’s end.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • A Brahmin.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He said, too, and also the Brahmin who made the drawing in the dust at Umballa two days ago, he said, that I shall find a Red Bull on a green field and that the Bull shall help me.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Twenty percent of Kerala’s population were Syrian Christians, who believed that they were descendants of the one hundred Brahmins whom St. Thomas the Apostle converted to Christianity when he traveled East after the Resurrection.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • The local Brahmins did not approve of the antiritualistic teachings of the Buddha, but his presence filled their coffers to overflowing; so they learned to live in his squat shadow, never voicing the word tirthika-heretic.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Passepartout, however, thinking no harm, went in like a simple tourist, and was soon lost in admiration of the splendid Brahmin ornamentation which everywhere met his eyes, when of a sudden he found himself sprawling on the sacred flagging.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • It was only natural that the descending sun should at last strike through the tree-trunks, across the grove, filling it with mealy gold light for a few minutes; but to Kim it was the crown of the Umballa Brahmin’s prophecy.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • I am a priest of the gods and a Brahmin, warrior.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Creighton heard Kim say bitterly: ’Trust a Brahmin before a snake, and a snake before an harlot, and an harlot before a Pathan, Mahbub Ali.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • But I bore away the old man’s purse, and the Brahmin found nothing.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Mammachi told Estha and Rahel that she could remember a time, in her girlhood, when Paravans were expected to crawl backwards with a broom, sweeping away their footprints so that Brahmins or Syrian Christians would not defile themselves by accidentally stepping into a Paravan’s footprint.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • These were fervent Brahmins, the bitterest foes of Buddhism, their deities being Vishnu, the solar god, Shiva, the divine impersonation of natural forces, and Brahma, the supreme ruler of priests and legislators.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • What remained of an urbane habit of mind and utterance began to be confined to the narrowing feudal areas of the south, and to the still narrower refuge of the Boston Brahmins, now, for the first time, a definitely recognized caste of /intelligentsia/, self-charged with carrying the [Pg074] torch of culture through a new Dark Age.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The priests took their places in front of the judge, and the clerk proceeded to read in a loud voice a complaint of sacrilege against Phileas Fogg and his servant, who were accused of having violated a place held consecrated by the Brahmin religion.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • She compared the cool and the pines of the Kangra and Kulu hills with the dust and the mangoes of the South; she told a tale of some old local Gods at the edge of her husband’s territory; she roundly abused the tobacco which she was then smoking, reviled all Brahmins, and speculated without reserve on the coming of many grandsons.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The vat of Trophonius contains nothing that is not in Mesmer’s tub; Ergaphilas lives again in Cagliostro; the Brahmin Vasaphanta become incarnate in the Comte de Saint-Germain; the cemetery of Saint-Medard works quite as good miracles as the Mosque of Oumoumie at Damascus.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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