>10. Bráhmans, Kshattriyas, Vaisyás and Súdrás are the casts: of them the three first are twice-born; all their rites, commencing with the procreative rites, and ending with those [which are gone through] where the corpse is disposed of, are with Mantras.
14. In the eighth year from conception, or in the eighth [of birth], the investiture of the Bráhman [takes place]; of Rajas in the eleventh; of Vaisyás in the twelfth: some [have said, this varies] in accordance with [the usage of] the family.
39. Bráhmans, Kshattriyas, and Vaisyás are born, first, of their mothers, and, a second time, by the girding on of the sacred thread--therefore are they declared to be twice-born.
116. [Men] are to be honoured in the gradation following,--in respect of learning, conduct, years, family, property. Even a Súdrá, if he excel in these respects, is in old age worthy of honour.
326. The monarch, at his rising
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