Brahmin Family In India – Old Print 1861

This is an old print of a Brahmin Family in India dating to 1861. It measures- 8.5 x 5.5 inches. The text is in Gothic German Indier Brahmane. The year “1861” and number “24” are also marked on the page.  The picture shows a north Indian Brahmin Family, probably with a maidservant.

An exceptionally beautiful antique hand-colored print of over 150 years old. The Brahmin is the highest among the castes in Hinduism. Below them comprises the Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudra castes. Traditionally considered the purest among the castes. So by tradition, they are characteristically priests, philosophers, teachers, and so on.

But many of them work mostly in upper-level departments of government and quasi-government organizations. They are traditionally vegetarians and although in modern times some do veer from their vegetarian diet to a nonveg diet. Although many Konkani, Maharashtrian, and Bengali Saraswat Brahmins are pesco-vegetarians.

They are mostly vegetarians but include fish in their diet but no meat. At least some years back South Indian Brahmins would stay in agraharams or row of houses on either side with a temple at the center. The agraharams are concentrated mainly in rural places or sometimes on the outskirts of cities. But this tradition seems to be dying out.

Did you know- Brahmin men tie the sacred thread across their body thus distinguishing them from other castes.

From the collection- 1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper Two Women (#4).,  Antique Photo Malik-I-Maidan Canon 1880.,  Vintage Postcard Battleship EMDEN Bombarding Madras.,  Vintage South Indian Railway Promotional Postcard 1900.,  Print Carvings Of Victoria Terminus Bombay

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, reproduced, or stock photos or taken from other sources.