Chandala is a Sanskrit word for someone who deals with disposal of corpses, and is a Hindu lower caste, traditionally considered to be untouchable. [1] [2]


Varna was a hierarchical social order in ancient India, based on the Vedas. Since the Vedic corpus constitute the earliest literary source, it came to be seen as the origin of caste society. In this Brahmanical view of caste, the varnas were created on a particular occasion and have remained virtually unchanged. In the varna ordering of society notions of purity and pollution were central and activities were worked out in this context. Varna divides the society into four groups ordered in a hierarchy, the fifth being Chandala (untouchable) and therefore beyond the pale. [3]

In modern Indian usage, Chandal is a general derogatory slur used to refer to a filthy, mean or low person. [1] [4]

Other Languages
বাংলা: চণ্ডাল
català: Chandala
Deutsch: Chandala
español: Chandala
français: Chandâla
हिन्दी: चांडाल
မြန်မာဘာသာ: စဏ္ဍာလ
日本語: 旃陀羅
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਚੰਡਾਲ
português: Candala
svenska: Chandala
తెలుగు: చండాలుడు
中文: 旃陀羅