Global asia studies lecture 5: the lecture is based on two parts: part 1 how status is determined? and part 2 . Status is a position one holds within a society. In reading 5. 1 focuses on how status is primarily determined. It can be separated by stuff like marriage or contact. There can be division by occupation status. Another type of ranking is ranking though the 4 orders of power, varoeas: brahmin (priest / scholar, kshatriya (king, warrior, vaisya (merchant, farmer, sudra (servant, plus those below the ranking, once termed "untouchables", now "harijan" or "dalit". According to what you do can change your ranking. Brahmin (priests) take higher power than the king. Jati"s change across the regions varnas system is relatively simple, seen across the regions. Grammar of body to the grammar of language. Believed to be a return of innocence of a child and dependent on society.