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By Andre Beteille

This paintings bargains with the connection among 3 basic facets of social stratification, and gives a style for describing and reading version and alter in structures of stratification. This re-creation comprises major extra fabric within the type of appendices, facing problems with substance and procedure, and an epilogue which surveys the altering fortunes of village reviews in India.

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The cheri is farther back from the metalled road and also parallel to it. The houses of the AdiDravidas, or Untouchables, arc symmetrically arranged on either side of their sireet, just as the Brahmin houses are arranged on either side of the Brahmin street. In between the agraharam and the cheri 3rc the Non-Brahmin houses, arranged in a number of streets which lack the symmetry of either the agraharam or the cheri. tremity of the viJIage. Across from the temple is a solitary Thotti Untouchable hut, clearly separated from the Non·Brahmin houses.

Brahmins cremate their dead, and the entire agraharam is served by a single cremation ground, on the river bank and opposite the eastern end of the agraharam. The Non-Brahmins also cremate, but use a separate place, situated a little to the east of the Brahmin onc and also on the river bank. The Pallas have reccntly taken up the practice of cremation instead of burial. ir cremation ground, however, is not on the river bank, but inland and near a pool of water. The Paraiyas bury their dead in a cemetery whieh is within the boundary of Thiruvaiyar.

This is the largest and in some ways the most conspicuous house in the village. It stands on the main road and has a fairly cxtensivc garden, cnclosed by wails, and is the only house in the village to have a front gardcn. This house is the seat of a Maratha family which has distant connections with the princely line of Tanjore. It is quite distinct in its appearance as well as its situation from both the Brahmin and the other Non-Brahmin houses. Today it has a rather dilapidated and unkempt appearance, although the spacious garden and the approach lined with crotons seem to bear witness to a more expansive past.

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