from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A member of the lowest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, comprising artisans, laborers, and menials.
- adj. Of or relating to the caste of Sudras.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The lowest of the four great castes among the Hindoos. See caste.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lowest of the four principal castes into which Hindu society was anciently divided, composed of the non-Aryan aborigines of India, reduced to subjection or servitude by their Aryan conquerors.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
- n. the lowest of the four varnas: the servants and workers of low status
The Aryans probably conquered these indigenous inhabitants first; and when the others in the interior of the country were subsequently subdued and enslaved, the name Sudra was extended to the whole servile caste.
For the Brahman represented Brahma, was in fact Brahma incarnate, while the Sudra was a manifestation of deity in inferior clay.
He said that that kind of work was strictly forbidden to persons of caste, and as strictly restricted to the very bottom layer of Hindoo society -- the despised 'Sudra' (the toiler, the laborer).
The fact was, Kudra was better help than her brother, better than her gimpy uncle, certainly better than the lazy Sudra laborers whom he had started to employ.
Or that they wouldn't have come in four castes: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vayshia, and Sudra?
The Balijas were proud of their Sudra status, in a world previously dominated by a classical Sanskritic varna scheme that insisted that kings had to be Kshatriya (two castes higher than Sudras).
The four classic castes of the Hindu scriptures, the Brahmin (priest), the Kshatriya (warrior), the Vaishya (trader), and the Sudra (cultivator or artisan), have constantly proliferated.
The Brahmans, the sacred books are made to say, came forth from the mouth of Brahma, the soldier from his arms, the farmer from his thighs, and the Sudra from his feet.
One of the kingly tribe should protect even the Sudra who cometh to him for protection.
Thou shall, therefore, O god of justice, have to be born among men even in the Sudra order.