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#1 wuTao

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 02:09 AM

I've heard of the Indian warrior caste, the kshatriya, before, but don't know much about them beyond their name. Were they landed military aristocracy? Did they serve Kings or lords under a feudal system, and if so, what were the conditions of their feudal bonds? Did they have some sort of warrior code? What was their weapon of choice? What were some of the most famous battles they participated in? Almost any information would be helpful. :)

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 02:29 AM

You can find some info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ksatria
but you'd probably have better response in SMQ or AE.

BTW, Ksatria (an alternative spelling) is the general translation of knight into Bahasa Indonesia, another country which have been heavily influenced by Indian culture and language.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 02:29 AM

Did they serve Kings or lords under a feudal system, and if so, what were the conditions of their feudal bonds?

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 02:33 AM

You can find some info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ksatria
but you'd probably have better response in SMQ or AE.

BTW, Ksatria (an alternative spelling) is the general translation of knight into Bahasa Indonesia, another country which have been heavily influenced by Indian culture and language.

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Do the Ksatria of Bahasa Indonesia and India have similar practices? Do they serve the exact same functions?

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 02:43 AM

Do the Ksatria of Bahasa Indonesia and India have similar practices? Do they serve the exact same functions?


It should be Ksatrias of Indonesia, not Bahasa Indonesia (which mean Indonesian Language).

Actually, Indonesia is composed of numerous tribes/people of diverse backgrounds, united only because of the Dutch colonial rule. Prior to that, no kingdom/state ruled the same territory as the present Republic of Indonesia, not even the Majapahit Empire or Sri Vijaya.

In present day language, the term simply means a "knight". If used to refer to historical figures, it would depend on the specific individuals or era.

A ksatria could be of a warrior-class, like that of the Indian ksatrias or French noble knight or Anglo-Saxon jarl, or even Japanese bushi or samurai.

The ownership/tenancy of land is sometimes implied, but except for the Anglo-Saxon jarls, there existed also knights or samurais etc., people belonging to the warrior tradition who did not possess any fiefs.

Sometimes, a person who was extremely skilled in fighting but made a living working in his own small farm like a yeoman was also called a ksatria, provided he upheld some noble traditions.

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Posted 05 May 2005 - 06:54 PM

Kshatriya is the term North Indian use, it derives from Sanskrit and is the warrior caste of course and in the South we are called Senguthar. In the Vedas we are represented by the colour red. Depending on the family you were born into you maybe the kings, the lords, generals, and captains etc. There is a hierarchy that must be followed and a honour code. Anyone who fails to obey this honour code is banished from the family/caste/clan. Way too complicated to explain. And I am of this caste :D The Kshatriya caste of the Tamil people has the name Muthali as their family/clan name. Fun fact: British tried to purge and did lots of killing to prevent anyone with our name coming to power again so we had to change our name to survive and lots of other stuff.... I am sleepy going to sleep, I'll explain more when I wake up.

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Posted 12 May 2005 - 10:32 PM

Sanskrit = Kshatriya

Bahasa Malaysia / Bahasa Indonesia = Kesatria / Satria / Pahlawan

Satria = Warrior / Knight
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Posted 12 May 2005 - 10:50 PM

I am sleepy going to sleep, I'll explain more when I wake up.


Must be some sleep ...




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