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The early Vedic writings do not provide much by way of historical detail, even on such apparently important questions as "who are the priests in this religious tradition?
" It seems likely that the caste and its priestly duties developed gradually over time, and probably were in place in some form long before the Gupta era.
Today, the Brahmins comprise about 5% of the total population of India.
Traditionally, male Brahmins performed priestly services, but they may also work in jobs associated with lower castes.
For example, some were warriors, merchants, architects, carpet-makers, and even farmers.
As late as the reign of the Maratha Dynasty, in the 1600s to 1800s CE, members of the Brahmin caste served as government administrators and military leaders, occupations more typically associated with the Kshatriya.
Examples: "Some people believe that the Buddha himself, Siddharta Gautama, was a member of a Brahmin family.
For example, a Brahmin who begins farming (not only as an absentee land-owner, but actually tilling the land himself) may be considered ritually contaminated, and can be barred from later entering the priesthood.
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Interestingly, the Muslim rulers of the Mughal Dynasty (1526 - 1857) also employed Brahmins as advisors and government officials, as did the British Raj in India (1857 - 1947).
In fact, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of modern India, was also a member of the Brahmin caste.
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