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The Basor weaving bamboo baskets in a 1916 book. The Basor are a Hindu caste found in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

Caste is a form of social stratification characterized by endogamy, non-commensality and hereditary occupations.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}} According to Human Rights Watch and UNICEF, caste discrimination affects an estimated 250 million people worldwide.<ref name="HRW">Global Caste Discrimination Human Rights Watch</ref><ref name="Unicef">Discrimination, UNICEF</ref>

A paradigmatic, ethnographic example is the division of Indian society into social groups.{{#invoke:Footnotes|sfn}}<ref name="HRW" /> Historically, the caste system in India has consisted of thousands of endogamous groups called Jatis or Quoms and Biradaris (among Muslims). The Nepalese caste system resembles the Indian Jāti system with numerous Jāti divisions with the theoretical Varna system superimposed for a rough equivalence.

Religious, historical and sociocultural factors have also helped define the bounds of endogamy for Muslims in India and Pakistan. The .Caste .system in Sri Lanka is a division. of society into strata,<ref name="John Rogers 51–77">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> similar to the Jāti system found in India.

Yezidi society is hierarchical. In Yemen there exists a hereditary caste, the African-descended Al-Akhdam who are kept as perennial manual workers. Various sociologists have reported caste systems in Africa.<ref name=Obinna1>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref name="James B. Watson 356–379">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref name=tamari1/>

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