3-14-29, Sanskrit Verse
Aranya Kanda - Book of Forest
Manur manushyaan janayat
Braahman`aan, Kshatriyaan, Vaishyaan,
S`uudraam ca manujarshabha.
Rama during his 14 years exile in forest, met the Eagle (name: Jat`aayu) on the banks of river Godavari. The bird consumed 30 verses 3-14-5 to 3-14-34 to narrate its name and lineage. It was a sort of genesis for the human race, birds and the whole creation. The funniest part was: the bird does not forget to inform Rama about the ubiquitous four caste system as something remaining from the creation of humans.
Oh the best among humans! Manu (wife of Kashyapa) gave birth to humans from the great soul Kashyapa -- the priests, the warriors, merchants and the servants.
3-14-30, Sanskrit Verse
Mukhatoo Braahman`aa jaataa
urasaH Kshatriyaaha tathaa
uurubhyaam jagnnire vaishyaaha
padaabhyaam s`uudraa iti shrutiha.
Thus heard: Priests are born from the hairlocks. Warriors are born out of the chest. Merchants are born from the thighs. Servants are born from the feet.
*What a bird had got to do with castes?
*Do birds have castes?
*Cannot gauge the extent to which priests contaminated Ramayana! They use birds to spread their rules!