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1. The attitude or conduct typical of a social or cultural elite.
2. Hinduism Variant of Brahmanism.
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Brahmanism, Brahminism

the doctrines and practices of Brahmans and orthodox Hindus, characterized by the caste system, a diverse pantheism, and primary devotion to Brahma, the creator-god of the Hindu trinity.
See also: Hinduism
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Noun1.Brahminism - the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism
Hindooism, Hinduism - the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
2.Brahminism - the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
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Interestingly, the BhP, a text that undermines orthodox Brahminism in favor of Krsna bhakti (see van Buitenen, "On the Archaism of the Bhagavata Purana," 25) a few centuries later, is in the PCK an exemplar of this very Brahmanist orthodoxy.
The quest is sustained by fierce aversion of Brahminism and narrow-minded Muslim rulers, primarily Emperor Aurangzeb.
Likening the BJP and the RSS as organisations that are modern-day Peshwas, representing Brahminism in its worst form, irresponsible statements by Dalit leaders that their present generation continues to fight against the new oppressors clearly adds spice to the over-boiling cauldron of communal ill-will that has come to describe the state of affairs epitomized in caste-politics in India.
In a separate statement, PPP parliamentary leader in Senate Taj Haider on Friday said the 'nexus between American imperialism, Zionism and Brahminism was the greatest threat to peace and justice in the world.'
ISLAMABAD -- Condemning the announcement of the American President to shift their embassy to the occupied Holy land of Al-Qudus, Parliamentary Leader in the Senate of Pakistan People's Party, Senator Taj Haider has said in a Press Statement that the present nexus between American Imperialism, Zionism and Brahminism was the greatest threat to Peace and Justice in the World.
The saint tramples the world beneath his feet, counts this life nothing, suppresses his human instincts and affections, and strives to live, while a mere viator or pilgrim, as if he had arrived at home, and become a comprehensor--the grand error of both Brahminism and Buddhism.
With the rise of Brahminism and birth of caste system and due to conflicting religious and social thoughts, the place of women remained subordinate and unsatisfactory.
The city, beyond the core of the French Ville Blanche was also distinctly Indian, with orthodox Tamil Hindu Brahminism forming a key marker of colonial differentiation.
The antipathy towards the north developed as the animosity against Sanskrit as well as Brahmin as a proponent of Sanskrit; Brahminism was seen as the instrument of this "tyranny".
More specifically, Samskara presents a crisis in the question of who is to perform the funeral rites for Naranappa, a dead brahmin who renounced brahminism while alive and who has no immediate family or children to perform the last rites for him.
But only one fallen Brahmin, Narranapa, has no regard for him or for orthodox Brahminism.
To pretend that Christianity was intended to stereotype existing forms of government and society, and protect them against change, is to reduce it to the level of Islamism or of Brahminism. It is precisely because Christianity has not done this, that it has been the religion of the progressive portion of mankind, and Islamism, Brahminism, & c., have been those of the stationary portions; or rather (for there is no such thing as a really stationary society) of the declining portions.