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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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Syrian Christians, allowed by the Hindu leaders to have their own private armies, recruited Ezhavas members due in part to this tradition.

The Hustory Satyagraha – 25 was a satyagraha movement in Travancore against untouchability in the Hindu society. These people were then distinguished from others in the local population by their occupation as protectors, with the others all being classed as out-caste.

History of Ezhava

Billava is a sub-caste of Villavar. Krishna Anantha Krishna Iyer.

The techniques are repeated several times. The all night performance of the dance form is usually presented solo or in pairs. These men were sent, ostensibly, to set up Coconut farming in Kerala.

Its believed that neither the word Thiyya or Ezhava is self assumed name, but were imposed on buddhist of kerala as they accustomed to caste system. Subcastes The sub-divisions among south kerala ezhavas were Kollakkar or Channar Ezhavar, Malayalam Ezhavar those earliest to KeralaNadi Ezhavar, Pachili Ezhavar those who married from fishermen communityand Puzhakkar Ezhavar menial servants of Malayalam Izhava.


Lot of information regarding the community. There was another woman in Thacholi family.

The ancient Indian texts like Mahabharata and Ramayana mentions about the island of Bali still follows HinduismJava, Sumatra and these islands were mentioned as “chovaka” group of islands.


They are from high strata of the society and led a rulers life. Ezyava were also previously engaged in Martial Arts, Toddy tapping, Ayurvedic and liquor business like Ezhavas.

The performers have their faces painted green and wear distinctive headgears. Reading, writing and teaching of bows, arrows and martial arts were the main activities of this Garadi, similar to Kalari practiced by some of the Ilava now known as Ezhava community in Kerala. November 21, at 5: The Chekavar, a warrior section within the community, were part of the militias of local chieftains and kings.

Sree Narayana Guru opposed this strongly and took the initiative to simplify marriage customs and celebrations. The headgear and other ornamental decorations are spectacular in sheer size and appearance. Kunjan Pillai’s Studies in Kerala history, they were decedents of or Villors or Villavar or Billavars who were warriors and bravos. Today it is found in central Kerala. On the line jistory extinct, however, thieir relatives and adherents returned to main land.

Poorakkali is a folk dance prevalent among the Ezhavas of Malabar, usually performed in Bhagavathy temples as a ritual offering during the month of Meenam March — April. 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.

There are those who worshiped their Bhuts in Karnataka. Many historians point out the connection between the Buddhists and the Ezhavas.

History of Ezhava – Sree Narayana Gurudevan

The Great Depression impacted in particular on the export trade, causing a reduction in price and in wages even though production increased, with the consequence that during the s many Ezhava families found themselves to be in dire financial circumstances. In the epic Mahabharatha, Arjuna was the most valiant of the five heroic brothers, the Pandavas, and was also a renowned singer and dancer and is said to have propitiated goddess Bhadrakali by a devotional presentation.


According to historian C. Each Tharavadu has a unique name. Standing round a traditional lamp, the performers dance in eighteen different stages and rhythms, each phase called a niram.

The Padmanabhan Column: The Ezhava Lineage

Moonnu thalamura mukallillotu aarannu ennu chidhichall many dnt know from Nair caste. These principles formed the criteria for his support of conversions and re-conversions. Even in the English language, phrases like watch-dog, dog-like loyalty and dogged resistance are expressions of high literary acceptability. Further Bhadra Kali and even possibly Lord Siva was possibly inducted into Hindu pantheon from sub cultures. Until the 18th century, females of non-Brahmin class were allowed to wear only a single loin cloth girdled round the waist.

She was expert both in Kalarippayyttu and Horse riding. Cholayil family is one of the most famous and respected Ezhava Ayurvedic families in Kerala. His birth in Kerala Therefore you will get different results depending on how far in the past you want to look at. May 23, at The performers dance with swords and shields in their hands, following the movements of sword fight, leaping forward, stepping back and moving round, all the time striking with the swords and defending with shields.

They all primarily stood for the geographical identity of an island or Sri Lanka.