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Brahmin (Sanskrit: ब्राह्मण, brāhmaṇa) is the class of educators, scholars and preachers in Hinduism. It is said to occupy the first position among the four varnas of Hinduism. The English word brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word Brāhmaṇa, "having to do with Brahman (Sanskrit: ब्रह्म) or divine knowledge". Brahmins are also called Vipra "learned", or Dvija "twice-born". In Buddhist sources written in Pali and Prakrit, including Ashokan inscriptions, Brahmins are commonly called Babhans which is the Pali word for Brahmin