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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Her name was Thacholi Unnitharcha. A theory has been ezhzva for the origins of the caste system in the Kerala region based on the actions of the Aryan Jains introducing such distinctions prior to the 8th-century Hlstory. Snake worship The snake worship Nagaradhana was prevalent among many Ezhava families all over Kerala[citation needed], but was most common among Malayalee ezhva Tulu Billavas of North Malabar and Tulu Nadu.

Today it is found in central Kerala. In this case Ezhavas are a part of the Dravidian stock which was pushed eastward and southward by the invading Aryans in the 2 nd millennium B. Economic and Political Weekly. As joint families grew and established independent settlements, the branches modified the names in a such way that the main Tharavadu names remained identifiable, while each Sakha or Thavazhi or Thay Vazhi meaning Through Mother had a distinct name.

Secondly, if the Ezhavas did not convert to Hinduism and were thus labelled untouchables, how is it that Ezhavas finally came to embrace Hinduism? On the line becoming extinct, however, thieir relatives and adherents returned to main land.

The people of south East Asia are of Indo-Mongolian mix race and India did have a huge cultural relation with these areas. At the time when the Kerala Sudras fully trusted the Nampootiri and hailed him god, he had cleverly coined the term Nayar concealing the meaning of it but making them believe that it was an honorific. Ezhava has a strong ethnic similarity with the Nair community in rituals connected to death, cremation, childbirth, menstrual period of women etc that add weight to their common heritage.


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Unfazed by this Raju Sir went on, obviously liking the attention he was getting. They arrived from the northern parts of Karnataka and started to flourish here.


During different periods of history, sections of the Ezhava community converted to other religions. Retrieved from ” https: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ezhava people.

Makachuttu art is popular among Ezhavas in Thiruvananthapuram and Chirayinkizhu taluks and in KilimanoorPazhayakunnummal and Thattathumala regions.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Puthooram veedu was situated in Thalassery not in Vadakara. It is said that they were the ancestors of the Ezhavas.

He simply forgot to add the part before Ceylon. After successfully completing hlstory Satyagraha and after the Temple Entry Proclamation, some of the Akalis remained. The present rulers of Travancore royal family claims their origin with the ancient Aye kingdom and Chera Dynasty so how come it be possible for ezhavas to say that they are the founders of Chera Kingdom.

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The all night performance of the dance form is usually presented solo or in pairs. In Wzhava, Protestant missions started working in the first half of the 19th century, when the Basel German Evangelical Mission was founded by Dr. A section of the community called Nadi ezhuvans or vaduvans Vadukans were involved in making toddy, which was both widely consumed alcoholic drink, and sometimes used in Ayurveda medicine also.

Some says that the Ezhava Buddhist priests and monk leaders who decided to join the Brahminical religion where allowed to join the Brahmin community. A large number of Buddha-images have been discovered in the coastal districts of Alleppey and Quilon; the most important Buddha-image is the famous Karumadi Kuttan near Ambalappuzha. While Ezhavas were once employed as ayurvedic physicians, warriors, Kalari trainers and traders, after the arrival of Namboothiri Brahmins and with the establishment of Vedic system, a number were discriminated against and subjugated to taking up lowly placed jobs like toddy tapping, selling and making arrack, palm wine, etc.


Although this is found among many communities, it was very common with Ezhavas.

History of Ezhava

This was made the kula thozhil by the Brahminical overlords who wanted to control the community, actually Thiyyas Ezhavas were still are involved in many other fields like traditional medicine, martial arts, astrology, philosophy etc. Though rare some had even Pillai surname Panicker, Thandar is still being used by Ezhavas in hitsory Kerala. The techniques are repeated several times.

Other Caste names and Surnames Ezhavas do not normally use any distinct surnames. Many from the community were Kottaram Vaidyan palace physicians of important kings in the region. Vintage Level Vintage Store. The most widely accepted theory is that the customs and beliefs of Ezhavas and Thiyas are very primitive and their origin go back to the dim past to those ancient pre-Tamil Sangam days. One of their folk ballads Vadakkan Pattukalwhich celebrates the twelfth-century Aromal Chevakar, says: Thiyyas as well as many hostory groups like Choyas, Ezhuvar, Channars, Thilava Ezhava Thiyya dynasties such as ezhaca Izhathu Mannanars also existed in Kerala.

This is also known as Pandavarkali, which means the play of the Pandavas, the five heroes of the Mahabharathaand is also performed Asari, Moosari, Karuvan, Thattan and Kallasari communities. This is a combination of snake worship and Kalarippayattu. Although it failed in its stated aim of achieving access, the satyagraha movement did succeed in voicing a “radical rhetoric”, according to Nossiter. They help each other. The purpose of all religions is same. So the catch is, in some part of Kerala the Ezhavas were also called ‘shandakhas’.

Oral history, folk songs and other old writings indicate that the Ezhavas were at some point in the past members of the armed forces serving various kings, including the Zamorins of Calicut and the rulers of the Cochin dynasty.

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