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In the Hindu varna (class) system, a Vaishya (Sanskrit वैश्य vaiśya) is a member of the second of the four classes of traditional Hindu society. Sikhism does not accept the caste system and a Sikh is prohibited to take the persons caste into consideration in their dealing with society.

This class comprises merchants, artisans, and landowners. A person born into a Brahmin/Kshatriya/Vaishya family becomes twice-born (dvija) when he undergoes upanayanam, initiation into Vedic education or education helping them master those parts of the four Vedas concerning their occupation.

This page uses content from the English Wikipedia. The original article was at Vaishya. The list of authors can be seen in the page history.

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