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The youth did this because the Buddha was not a brahmin, but a kshatriya whom he considered as inferior to him in caste status. " the Buddha asked from the brahmin youth. And when the youth replied, the Buddha went on, "Yes, but if one were to follow up your ancient name and lineage, Ambaflha, on the father's and the mother's side, it would appear that the Sakyas were once your masters, and you are the off spring of one of their slave girlS. I. 114-115). The Budha brings historical evidence in order to confront Amballha who is excessively proud of his own brahmin ancestry.

There is no bar to inter-marriage within castes. Human history records innumerable instances of such inter-marriage. The "purity theorists" profounded the theory that such inter-marriages would not end in disaster. Buddhist discourses describe the evolution. of society in detail. Human beings began �o live in households, and due to their lust, rights ofproperty came to be recognised. When such people began to infringe on the rights of each other, they 'chose men differing from the others in no wise except in virtue to restrain the evil-doers by blame or fine or banishment.

The parenHhildren concept and practice was introduced to the institution of education in which the teacher­ student twin-role approxima(ed the parent

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