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- Brahmin - priests
- Kshatriya or Rajanya - warrior, ruler, politician, administrator
- Vaishya - trader, merchant, farmer
- Shudra - peasant, servant
- "Untouchables", or dalits - came much later after the other four groups and consisted of people who swept ashes after cremations or who tanned animals' skins and do other jobs others do not want to do.
There are also castes in some countries other than India.