Eta translates to "defilement abundant" or "filthy mass", and is the lowest caste of Silverstari culture. Eta work in occupations relating to death, such as executioners, undertakers or leather workers.

Another outcast group is the hinin ("non-human"), and typically includes ex-convicts and vagrants who work as town guards, street cleaners or entertainers.

Historal Eta (OOC)

Segregation and discrimination were encouraged by the authorities as a means of government control. For example, they typically had their own temples and were not allowed to visit other religious sites. Japanese Buddhists were given posthumous religious names when they were deceased; eta were often given names that included the kanji characters for beast, humble, ignoble, servant, and other derogatory expressions.

When dealing with members of other castes, they were expected to display signs of subservience, such as the removal of headwear. In an 1859 court case described by author Shimazaki Toson, a magistrate declared that "An eta is worth 1/7 of an ordinary person."

Historically, eta were not liable for taxation in feudal times because the taxation system was based on rice yields, which they were not permitted to possess.

Since the taboo status of the work they performed afforded them an effective monopoly in their trades, some succeeded economically and even occasionally obtained samurai status through marrying or the outright purchase of troubled houses. Some historians point out that such exclusive rights originated in ancient times, granted by shrines, temples, kuge, or the imperial court, which held authority before the Shogunate system was established.

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