- an endogamous and hereditary social group limited to persons of the same rank, occupation, economic position, etc., and having mores distinguishing it from other such groups.
- any rigid system of social distinctions.
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Pardeshi or foreign, and Pūrabia or eastern, are also subcaste names for groups coming from northern India or Oudh.
The subcaste or commensal group was the direct evolutionary product of the pre-existing tribe.
The subcaste called Deshi, or ‘belonging to the country,’ sometimes has the same signification.
A subcaste of Sonkar in Kanker, consisting of the offspring of illegitimate unions.
This apparently consisted of a collection of gentes, γένη, or clans, and would correspond roughly to a Hindu subcaste.
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Cultural definitions for subcaste
One of the four hereditary social divisions in Hinduism. Members of any one caste are restricted in their choice of occupation and may have only limited association with members of other castes.