Political rivalry: Ezhavas for 30% Kerala population and Nairs, about 10–15%! Nairs have fared better than . A brief history on rise of Ezhava assertiveness. Ezhava (or Elava in Tamil rich old Malayalam) literally means people from Elam or Elanka or just Lanka, todays Sri Lanka. Ezhavas were. The group shares a common history from the pre-social reform era, [citation needed] Most theories of origin for the Ezhavas suggest a Sri.

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These people were then distinguished from others in the local population by their occupation as protectors, with the others histtory being classed as out-caste. Subcastes The sub-divisions among south kerala ezhavas were Kollakkar or Channar Ezhavar, Malayalam Ezhavar those earliest to KeralaNadi Ezhavar, Pachili Hhistory those who married from fishermen communityand Puzhakkar Ezhavar menial servants of Malayalam Izhava.

Further Bhadra Kali and even possibly Lord Siva was possibly inducted into Hindu pantheon from sub cultures. Email or Phone Password Forgot account?

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Conversion to Sikhism in central Kerala. These principles formed the criteria for his support of conversions and re-conversions.

The group shares a common history from the pre-social reform era, when caste was an integral part of the political, economic, legal, and social order across Kerala. And ‘shandakha’ was an ancient language which existed in these areas still exists in some remote islands. Again a period close to years. Everyday Life in South Asia 2nd ed.

They all primarily stood for the geographical identity of an island or Sri Lanka. On the line becoming extinct, however, thieir relatives and adherents returned to main land.


Villavars of Travancore were known as ‘Ilavar’ now known as Ezhava. The various dance movements are closely similar to Kalarippayattu techniques. The Ezhavas are classified as an Other Backward Class by the Government of India under its system of positive discrimination. Vishnu, said Raju Sir, his voice breaking my chain of self-destructive thoughts.

Was only eager as our tulunad ppl follow Narayan Guruji who was born in the ezhava community. Some in the Thiyya community have objected to being treated as Ezhava by the government of Kerala. This activity is sometimes erroneously referred to as toddy tappingtoddy being a liquor manufactured from the sap. Ezhavas were well known Warriors, Kalari trainers and traders. Do you believe that army of Travancore was full of Nairs? Today it is found in central Kerala.

History of Ezhava

The family live together as a mother, her brothers and younger sisters, and her children. During his lifetime, his activities made great impact not only in Kerala but also outside the state including the coastal district of Karnataka and other parts [38] Under his guidance, a group of people, led by Dr.

When i google the subject regarding the origin of Ezhavai read that they were the founders of Chera kingdom http: They were also known as Ezhinar in Kerala which sounds quite similar to ‘Ezhava’ also called Ezhavar. In this, a group of eight performers, two each, twin around each other like serpents and rise up, battling with sticks.

Hinduism was not prevalent, ezjava nature and idol worship existed. Kesavan Vaidyar founder of Chandrika was awarded the title of Vaidyaratnam by K. By reading this you people will get a fair idea what we were once.


They have campaigned for the right to record themselves as Thiyya rather than as Hishory when applying for official posts and other jobs allocated under India’s system of positive discrimination.

Although this is found among many communities, it was very common with Ezhavas. What is wrong in that, I asked a bit puzzled? Thiyyas are situated from the north to the central Kerala and the Ezhavas are from the central to the southern region.

This is a combination of snake worship and Kalarippayattu. Many from the community were Kottaram Vaidyan palace physicians of important kings in the region.

Heniger, Ezhavas otherwise called silgostree climbersalso bound to wars and arms. In this, a group of eight performers, two each, twin around each other like historj and rise up, battling with sticks. Ezhavas alongside with Nairs served as Chekavars warriors in the armed forces of important kings. The king of Ceylon sent four bachelors to establish coconut farming in Kerala in the 1 st century A. Traditional occupations in the past done by Ezhavas were coconut farming, toddy tappingagriculture, weaving,coir making,ship making, Ayurvedic medicine practice and practising and tutoring martial arts like Kalaripayattu.

This was a ritualistic art form performed in almost all important temples of Kerala.

Temple Arts of Kerala: Doctors, social mobility and the middle classes”. Many of them sought advancement through political parties; for decades now Ezhavas have remained the hardcore supporters of the Marxist parties in Kerala.