E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Parias or Pariahs.
The lowest class of the Hindu population, below the four castes. Literally drummers, from parai, a large drum.
The lodgers overhead may perhaps be able to take a more comprehensive view of public questions; but they are political Helots, they are the Pariahs of our constitutional Brahminism.The Times, March 20, 1867.