Indian Mythology (by ApamNapat)

Suta - Mixed Caste


A Suta is a child fathered on a Brahmana woman by a Kshatriya man. Since Brahmanas are higher up in the Varna system than Kshatriyas, this mixed marriage was considered to be against the scriptures, and the children born of such a union possess a low status. If a Brahmana man fathers a child on a Kshatriya woman, the child acquires the caste of the father, and becomes a Brahmana, and no stigma attaches to it.

In the Mahabharata, one of the main reasons why Karna is accorded so little respect by others is because he grew up in a Suta household (i.e. his adoptive father Atiratha was a Suta.) He is often derisively addressed as Suta-putra, or "son of a Suta". Sanjaya, the counsellor of Dhritharashtra is another notable Suta.

Last Modified At: Sat Mar 26 23:00:31 2005