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Faxian noticed that Chandalas used to strike a piece of wood before entering the city gate or marketplace. 

What was the reason behind this custom?


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A
To let the townspeople know that they have arrived
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B
To inform people so they could gather to pay respect to them
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C
They used it as a symbol to show their pride in their community.
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D
To warn the townspeople, who wanted to avoid coming into contact with them
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E
The sound was meant to alert the people that an accident had occurred nearby.

Solution

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A To let the townspeople know that they have arrived
D To warn the townspeople, who wanted to avoid coming into contact with them
The Chandalas belonged to the lower castes according to the Hindu social order, and were treated like untouchables. When entering crowded places, they were forced to let the townspeople know of their arrival. They announced their presence by hitting the gates with a wooden stick, so that people could avoid touching them. 

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