Chandala

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For the town in Bangladesh, see Chandal, Bangladesh.
Chandala
Classification Untouchables

Chandala is a Sanskrit word for someone who deals with disposal of corpses, and is a Hindu lower caste, formerly considered untouchables.

In modern Indian usage, Chandal is a general derogatory slur used to refer to a filthy, mean or low person.[1]

The 19th-century Indian Hindu saint, Swami Vivekananda felt sympathetic towards Chandalas. He wanted to "make the Chandala come up to the level of the Brahmana."[2]

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  1. ^ Biswas, A. K. (2000). The Namasudras of Bengal: profile of a persecuted people. Blumoon Books. p. viii. "Though he is physically almost practically unknown, save and except in Bengal, calling someone a Chandal is the ultimate insult and humiliation of a Hindu anywhere under the sun." 
  2. ^ "Swami Vivekananda on Chandala". Swami Vivekananda Quotes. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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