The people of Rajasthan are as diverse and colorful as the state itself. Since ancient times, the profession of a person was the deciding factor of his caste. The tradition has been modified in modern times and now the caste is decided by the family in which a child is born. One can say it has become a birth based caste system. The caste does not restrict an individual to choose a profession of his own. The people and lifestyle of Rajasthan are very complimentary to each other. Read on to know more about Rajasthani people.
In Rajasthan, majority of the population comprises of Rajputs. The
Rajputs were the former rulers of the princely states and royal
provinces of Rajasthan. The Rajputs are characterized by their stout
built and tall height. The Rajputs are strict followers of their
religion and are ardent worshippers of the Sun, Shiva and Vishnu. The
Rajputs also believe and follow the Vedas, or the holy scriptures of the
Hindus. All religious and auspicious activities and rituals are done in
accordance to these scriptures.
The rituals and holy practices in Rajasthan were carried on by the
Brahmins or the class of the Priests. Apart from temples and other
religious institutions, the Brahmins also served in the royal courts of
the Kings. The Brahmins all over India enjoyed the uppermost caste. But
in Rajasthan, they had to be satisfied with the second position in the
caste hierarchy because the warriors were more important as the state
was under constant wars with external forces and empires. After the
Brahmins come the traders who consist of the Jains and the Marwaris.
Since agriculture is the main occupation of the people there, next are
the farmers or the pastoral class. They indulge in activities that range
from cattle rearing to farming. After them come the craftsmen like
artisans, painters, sculptors and potters. The last category of people
is the tribal class like Bhils, Sahariyas and the nomadic Kathodis.