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Sacred Sovereignty, Force, Fecundity

Georges Dumezil In his Trifunctional Hypothesis explored three principles linked with 3 social roles: Sacred Sovereignty Force Fecundity Priests Warriors Farmers Priests Warriors Peasants Clergy Nobility Peasants He rightly noted that this had parallels in India with: Brahmans Kshatriyas Vaisyas Priestly Caste Military Caste Farmer/Merchant Caste This reflects deeper pricnciples of Indian thought: Creation Dissolution Maintenance sattva tamas rajas It is important to recall that the indian context has a long and varying history. Brahmans, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas were previsously Brahmans, Rajans, Vish The great power struggles were between the: Brahmans Kshatriyas Lunar Race Solar Race The 3 Castes became 4 Castes which were linked with the 4 times of day. Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Shudra The 4 castes became 7 then 9 castes. Attempts by soem to claim that trifunctional powers is a purely Christian tradition overlook the depth of the tripartite, triad, trinitarian approach to reality that underlies Indian cosmology. It is fascinating, moreover, that three of the Old Testament figures linked with the roots of Christianity, are specifically linked with the three functions but in reverse order, namely: Ham, Shem Japheth Peasants Priests Warriors If one omits the Brahmans , then the remaining three classes are paralleld in the Scandianvian tripartiite arrangemnet; Kshatriya Vaisya Shudra Nobelmen Freemen Slaves
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