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Pazhaverkadu: The Untold story

Pulicat (Pazhaverkadu) is historically a remarkable place, an abode for Portuguese, Dutch, the Cholas, Vijayanagar, Arabs and finally the British.

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Paniyas : The unknown untouchables

Numerically the Paniyars form the largest single tribe in Kerala

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SHAKTHI

A Documentary on Pulayan Tribes of Anaimalai Hills

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Adi – the primitive or original

The name of a division of Linga Balijas, and of Velamas who have abandoned the practice of keeping their females gosha (in seclusion). It is also applied by the Chenchus to the original members of their tribe, from whom the manlion Narasimha obtained his bride Chenchita. Keywords: Linga Balijas, Chenchus, females gosha, Chenchita. Reference: Thurston, […]

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Adaviyar the Tamil-speaking weavers

Adaviyar or Ataviyar is the name of a class of Tamil-speaking weavers found in the Tanjore and Tinnevelly districts. Keywords: Adaviyar, Ataviyar, Tanjore, Tinnevelly. Reference: Thurston, Edgar; K. Rangachari (1909). Castes and Tribes of Southern India, Volume I – A and B. Madras: Government Press

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Balijas the Cultivators

Balijas though generally known as trading castes were also known to be cultivators. In their customs there was very little difference between the Kapus and Balijas. The general name or title among the Balijas was Naidu. The name Balija was said to be derived from the Sanskrit Bali (sacrifice) and ja (born) signifying that the […]

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Adapapa the female attendants

Adapapa the female attendants Returned in the Madras Census Report, 1901, as a sub-caste of Balija. The name is applied to female attendants on the ladies of the families of Zamindars, who, as they are not allowed to marry, lead a life of prostitution. Their sons call themselves as Balijas.   Keywords: Adapapa, Zamindars, Balija, […]

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Expedition of Somnath

Somnath was famous then, as a great Shiva shrine described in detail in the Skanda Purana of the 9th century A.D. and also mentioned by Al-Beruni both as a sacred place and a resort of pirates. The expedition of Somnath was the crowning event in the idol – breaking and plundering career of Mahmud of […]

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The Acchuvaru

Acchuvaru are Recorded, in the Madras Census Report, as ” Oriya-speaking carriers of grain, etc., on pack bullocks. Treated as a sub-division of Gaudo.” The Acchuvarus are not Oriya people, but are attached to the Devanga weavers, and receive their name from the fact that they do acchupani, i.e., thread the long comb-like structures of […]

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Savaras of Ganjam and Vizagapatam

The language of the Savaras of Ganjam and Vizagapatam. One of the Munda languages. Concerning the Munda linguistic family, Mr. Grierson writes as follows. “The denomination Munda (adopted by Max Miiller) was not long allowed to stand unchallenged. Sir George Campbell in 1866 proposed to call the family Kolarian. He was of opinion that Kol […]

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Paniyas : The unknown untouchables

The Paniyar tribes of the Nilgris District are one of the worst sufferers of the over – run of their resources by the immigrants in their traditional habitat of Wayanad and adjoining Nilgiris (Tamil Nadu) and Coorg (Karnataka) areas. Numerically the Paniyars form the largest single tribe in Kerala. An understanding of the range of […]

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