In general there has been a lot of Brahmin-bashing in the media and I myself have had mixed opinions about the subject with a tinge of negativity. In my circles the perception is that most brahmins have a superiority complex and that when the topic of discussion is caste, they are intolerably cocky. So my personal view has been a bit irreverent to this lot. But I have had to re-examine my views based on something I read.\nRecently I read a article that pointed out the following: Brahmins have never been wealthy. They have never been rulers. They have never lived in palaces. They lived off the donations of others. Their community duties lay mainly in religious and intellectual domains. They were always respected even though they had little money & frugal lives.\nAnd so I find myself reading about the Brahmins.\nOn the online-page of the Rare Book Society of India I came across this book: \u201cSundhya \u2013 The Daily Prayers of Brahmins\u201d. A few pictures that they have posted from that book showcase a slice of Brahmin life:\n\n\n \nThese sketches remind me of that article \u2013 that the Brahmins did not pursue an opulent lifestyle.\nMakes me wonder : JUST HOW did the transformation in perceptions of the others come about? How did\u00a0 this group\u00a0 go from being perceived as \u201cfrugal\u201d \u201cascetic\u201d \u201cintellectuals\u201d to being perceived as \u201celite\u201d & \u201chigh & mighty\u201d?!\njm\nAug 2014\n[ From the book \u2013\nThe Sundhya or the Daily Prayers of the Brahmins.\nIllustrated in a series of original drawings from nature, demonstrating their attitudes and different signs and figures performed by them during the ceremonies of their morning devotions, and likewise their poojas.\nReprint Available on\nhttp://bit.ly/1sqX1R7\nSource : Rare Book Society of India]\nBy wovensouls\nBy Jaina Mishra\nThe post The Lives of Brahmins appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.