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The Vaishyas

by Vikas Kamat
First Online: July 05, 2009
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

The Vaishyas are the third strata of communities in the "Varna" system (see aslo: Caste System) prevalent in India. The typical professions of people belonging to the traditional Vaishya community is trading, finance and banking.

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Medieval Grocery Merchant
A Vaishya Merchant
Detail from a medieval mural, Karnataka

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