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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In North Kerala, it was performed with Theyyam and Pana. Ironically since the movement was largely focused on the interests of the privileged section of the Ezhava community, it achieved Ezhava solidarity only around caste.

Thu Oct 23, 9: This is a combination of snake worship and Kalarippayattu. According to legend hisotry some Malayalam folk songs, the Ezhavas were the progeny of four bachelors that the king of Ceylon sent to Kerala at the request of the Chera king Bhaskara Ravi Varma, in the 1st century AD.

When the Namboothiris arrived to Kerala, bringing Hinduism to the state and introducing a caste system, they formerly placed Ezhavas as Avarna.

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Can you imagin such a large polulation Eahava,Thiyya,Billava and lot of other relalted cast come from cylon. At that time buddhism was already prevalent in Kerala. D at the request of Chera king Bhaskara Ravi Varma.

Religion and ideology in Kerala. There are many Ayurvedic Hospitals established by ezhava physicians in 19th and 20th century. Until the 18th century, females of non-Brahmin class were allowed to wear only a single loin cloth girdled round the waist.

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For Ezhavas, Billavas and other similar communities, these sacred forest could be found in any corner of the Tharavadu except the eastern side while other communities like the Nairs found them in the southwest corner of the Tharavadu. He recruited bold and honest Ezhavas from Kazhakuttam,Kulathoore and Chempazhanthy Thiruvananthapuram for his army. These men were sent, ostensibly, to set up coconut farming in Kerala.

Although Ezhavas performed hishory the works associated with Sudra varnathey were considered as avarna or outcaste by the Nambudiri Brahmins who formed the Hindu clergy and ritual ruling elite in late medieval Kerala. One of the disciples of Narayana Guru, Ezbava was known as one of the famous triumvirate poets of Kerala in the first half of the 20th century.

Ezhava Thiyya dynasties such as the Izhathu Mannanars also existed in Hidtory.

They are genuine Dravidians. Ezhavas were mainly Buddhists who made a part of the caste ridden Brahminical culture when the Brahmin missionaries arrived from north India and established their power nothing to do with Sankaracharya, he came much later, during his time Kerala was a Hindu land and the Aryan Brahmins were histogy power in Kerala society and he revived the Hinduism itself, developed ‘athvaida’, which was opposed by the Aryan Brahmins of ezhaga time.

Your story is exactly true The performers have their faces painted green and wear distinctive headgears. Hinduism is universal,divine and it is not related with man made caste system.

Many were employed as guards or sentinels in the palaces of Cochin and Travancore. Economic hidtory Political Weekly. Social Mobility In Kerala: In the northern ballads Vadakkan Pattukal there are several mentions about the Thiyya warriors like the Puthuram family, mentioning them as the people who came from ezhavathu Nadu.

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Another version of the story says that the Sri Lankan king sent eight martial families to Kerala at the request of a Chera king to quell a civil war that had erupted in Kerala against him. They were formerly known as ‘Ilavar’. Ezhavas were kalari trainers, vaidyer, merchants and toddy tappers.

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Thus as per his ezhavx, Chera kings were actually villavars. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The circus holds a special attraction among community members in north Kerala and many of the famous acrobats of India come from this community Theories of origin Historians believe that Ezhavas of Kerala are soldiers of Villavar tribe who founded Chera Szhava. The Memorial was also an ultimatum given to the government, which said that the Ezhavas would convert en masse if it was not implemented [citation needed].

The five or more performers with their leader called Kaliachan enter the performance area after a ritualistic bath, with sandalwood paste over their foreheads, dressed in white dhoti, and with a towel wrapped around their heads. Veluppillai, the author of The Travancore State Manualbelieves that during Buddhist ascendancy in Kerala, before the arrival of Tulu Brahmins, “the Ezhavas enjoyed great prosperity and power” II, Well it is a bit interesting The all night performance of the dance form is usually presented solo or in pairs.

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That my child is a problem ezhaga occurred when history was written. It is said that they were the ancestors of the Ezhavas. For Ezhavas in Travancore and Malabar, their Tharavad name were identified through their mother’s house Thavazhi but some other families in the Cochin area excluding Kanayannur Taluk were identified through by their father’s Tharavadu.

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