Brahmans do not allow anyone to touch their cooking pot. Hence, for a picnic or feast the cook is always hired from the Brahman caste. At one point an effort was made to integrate castes at school feasts, but it met with strong resistance. High-caste children were allowed to cut the vegetables, but only Kayastha and Satgop were allowed to fetch water. Untouchable children were not allowed to come near the cooking area lest they should inadvertently touch something.

  • Source: Rohner, Ronald Preston. Women and children in a Bengali village. Hanover; London: Published for University of Connecticut, University Press of New England, 1988.
  • Culture: Bengali
  • Location: Asia