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Hinduism - Who Is A Ravidasi Or Ravidasiis?

 


Ravidas, the untouchable poet-saint, was given this name by his disciples.

The Ravidasis highlight several principles found in Ravidas' poetry, such as the folly of attempting to confine the divine in scriptures and ceremonies, and his vision of a society in which all individuals may have equal status, regardless of their background.

Although Ravidas is held up as a model for religious equality based on the teachings in his poetry, it is doubtful that the Ravidasis were founded by Ravidas himself, nor is Ravidas an object of worship for them.

In current times, the Ravidasis have concentrated on combating all forms of caste-based prejudice, as well as empowering different low caste communities.

This movement is very new, and little has been written about it to far; for further information, read John Stratton Hawley and Mark Juergensmeyer (trans. ), Songs of the Saints of India, 1988, especially the introduction to Ravidas.


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Hinduism - Who Are The Harijan?


 ("God's child") Mohandas Gandhi (1869–1948) used the term "Harijan" to describe the social groups historically known as "untouchables." 

Gandhi's belief that these individuals were human beings like everyone else, and so children of God, was reflected in the name.

Unfortunately, in contemporary India, the term harijan may also have a negative connotation.

It's a euphemism for "bastard," and it's used for any kid whose father is unknown and whose paternity is assigned to God.

In current times, the individuals Gandhi referred to as Harijans prefer the term dalit ("oppressed") since they believe it better appropriately depicts their socioeconomic situation. 


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Hinduism - Who Are The Dalit?



(“oppressed”) Harijan or untouchable is a modern word for the social groups with the lowest social rank, which were formerly known as Harijan or untouchable. 

This phrase is crucial because it is the moniker that low-status groups use to identify themselves as members of a marginalized group. 

The term's use and popularization shows their rising knowledge of the situation, as well as their increased assertiveness in asserting their legal and constitutional rights. 

Dalits in certain regions of the nation, notably in Maharashtra, have founded the Dalit Panthers, a violent group based after the Black Panthers in America. 



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