Castes

tomar

Ad Honoris
Jan 2011
14,049
Just watched a short documentary on Senegal...

It was news to me that there were Castes in that country.... Marrying into another Caste is a problem apparently

So 2 questions:

In which other countries (India obviously but what are others) is a Caste system still de facto in place (even if de jure it does not exist) ?
What is the philosophical and moral justification for a Caste system ?
 
Aug 2019
286
United States
Latin America has a casta system - your caste depends on how much European blood you have however intermarrying is more common there, marrying a whiter person is seen as an upgrade in status, in fact there's a saying mejorar la raza which literally means "improving the race" through marriage.
 

kandal

Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,832
USA
Just watched a short documentary on Senegal...

It was news to me that there were Castes in that country.... Marrying into another Caste is a problem apparently

So 2 questions:

In which other countries (India obviously but what are others) is a Caste system still de facto in place (even if de jure it does not exist) ?
What is the philosophical and moral justification for a Caste system ?
You may read this:
Caste systems in Africa - Wikipedia