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dvija

[dvee-jah]
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noun Hinduism.
  1. a person who is twice-born: a distinction made between the first three classes of society and the lowest class, the Shudra. Only the dvijas may study the Vedas.
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Origin of dvija

From Sanskrit
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Historical Examples

  • Every young Dvija must become a pupil of a Brahman (Brahmacharin) after being invested with the girdle.

    The History of Antiquity, Volume IV (of 6)

    Max Duncker

  • The Çudra who is guilty of adultery with the wife of a Dvija must die, if she was watched; if not, he loses his sexual organs.

  • By its performance he becomes Dvija or twice-born, and the highest importance is attached to the change or initiation.