m. (equalscāṇḍāl/a-) an outcast, man of the lowest and most despised of the mixed tribes (born from a śūdra- father and a Brahman mother) etc. (in fine compositi or 'at the end of a compound'"a very low representative of.")
चण्डाल a. [चण्ड्-आलच्] Wicked or cruel in deeds, of black deeds (क्रूरकर्मन्) cf. कर्मचाण्डाल. -लः A general name for the lowest and most despised of the mixed castes originating from a Śūdra father and a Brāhmaṇa mother. -2 A man of this caste, an outcast; चण्डालः किमयं द्विजातिरथवा Bh.3.56; Ms.5.131;1.12,16;11. 176. -Comp. -वल्लकी the lute of Chāṇḍāla, a common or vulgar lute.
Are the variant forms of the name of a despised caste, which in origin was probably a tribal body, but which in the Brahminical theory was the offspring of Sūdra fathers and Brahmin mothers. The references to the caste in the Yajurveda Samhitās and in the Upanisads show clearly that it was a degraded one, but they yield no particulars.
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