Dalit Colony Matriarch - Kavanur Colony, Tamil Nadu India

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Parkside, Australia

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This matriarch, the mother of the husband in a family in Kavanur, is the font of both wisdom and wicked humour. You cannot help but be endeared by her and to respect and appreciate her role in her family. She certainly will never end up in an Aged Care facility!

In the Hindu caste system, Dalit status is associated with occupations regarded as ritually impure, such as leatherwork or butchering, or removal of rubbish, animal carcasses and human waste. Dalits work as manual labourers cleaning streets, latrines and sewers. These activities were considered to be polluting to the individual and this pollution was considered contagious.

Dalits were commonly banned from full participation in Indian social life. They were physically segregated from the surrounding community. For example, they could not enter a temple or a school and were required to stay outside villages. Other castes took elaborate precautions to prevent incidental contact with Dalits.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dalit

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