Fish also have their own species. For example, Brahmin fish, Kayastha fish and Firangi fish… Even if this thing sounds funny to you, but there is truth in it. It is said that for a long time, different religions and sects were divided over food in the country. It was made a means of discrimination. During the colonial period, this discrimination had increased to such an extent that fishes were divided on the basis of caste and religion.
Vishnu Pal explained in his book ‘Manasamangal’ what is the relation of fishes with castes. In the Mansamangal book written 4 centuries ago, 36 types of fish have been told. It has been told in the book that fishes get trapped in the nets only because of the grace of Maa Mansa Devi. Now let us understand that how many different species of fish have been mentioned in the book.
According to the book, Anabasa i.e. koi fish is said to be of blacksmith caste. Tengra is described as Rajput and Bali fish as Brahmin. Not only this, Mangur, the most common fish commonly eaten, was called Mali. At the same time, a fish named Baghi is a barber and Gangtoda belongs to the Kayastha caste. Apart from this, the Garai fish found in the pits is from farmer to caste.
It is said that today there is no restriction regarding the food of human beings, but there was a time when people of every caste could not eat all kinds of fish. Fishes were also divided in terms of caste. The caste for which the fish was fixed to be eaten became of that caste. For example, Catla fish has been called Kshatriya.
There is also a fish that has been thrown out of Hinduism itself. The ‘Sal’ fish has been described as the Pathan caste of Muslims. Not only this, Susak has been described as a foreigner and Pera fish is of Kewat caste. At the same time, Pothia fish has been called Vaishya.