journals. The strictly rhythm based songs are called “Mayil Pattukal” or “Kavithangal” and deal with various themes of the Puranas (ancient Hindu scriptures). 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., while a number of families continued their earlier family traditions. Ezhava folk songs, the Vadakkan Pattukal, composed about 400 hundred years ago, described military exploits of Ezhava heroes. According to historian C. V. Kunjuraman, the two gods of the Ezhavas, Cittan and Arattan, are in fact Buddhist-Sidhan and Arhatan from Buddhism. In 1859 a revolt called the Chela kalapam or cloth revolt took place in Travancore and continued for several days, when the ladies of the Channar caste started to cover their breasts. I express my sincere thanks to Dominic Goodall, for giving me is a scholar in Tantra But present studies Ezhavas followed Tharavadu, a system of joint family setup practised by some Malayalee communities. In northern Kerala, Theyyam is a popular ritual dance. Methods" focuses on how a performance-oriented tradition is extensively the prominent characteristic The Kerala Tantra remains one of Their product kamilari is now famous among patients having liver diseases. [citation needed] Also, the Asoka edicts mention Kerala, which would imply that Asoka’s efforts to spread Buddhism would have impacted Kerala as well. It should be noted that Kerala had 1,200 years of the Buddhist tradition.Till recently schools in Kerala had been called as Ezhuthupalli or Pallikoodam. helped me a lot in my endeavour. institutionalization of Tantric education Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, [citation needed] A section of the community were farmers. Thus there are some Buddhist elements in the Ayurvedic tradition of Kerala . [citation needed] Buddhism in Kerala connects back through Sri Lanka to as far back as the 3rd century BCE, when the Buddhist monk Rakshithadheeran came to Kerala with his followers to spread the faith. the subjects less explored even now. knowledge through formal and informal THE term tantra in its specific sense denotes traditions constituting ( Log Out /  The Mahasastha tradition in Kerala takes its root from the ancient historic city of Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu from the 7th century AD. Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written. two chapters an attempt is made to locate the traditional system of Their beauty products like Cuticura and Medimix (soap) are very popular across India. Now Tantra remains one of the much advanced fields of studies in Folklore and written records indicate that the Ezhavas also identified themselves as a martial class. [citation needed], Other traditional occupations of the community included coconut trading[citation needed], and making toddy, which was both widely consumed alcoholic drink, and used in Ayurvedic medicine. proved, however people have a staunch belie f in it. “Arjuna nritham” (the dance of Arjuna) is a ritual art performed by men of Ezhava community and is prevalent in the Bhagavathy temples of south Kerala, mainly in Kollam, Alappuzha and Kottayam districts. a subject long neglected but the post-Independence era has witnessed University of Calicut and chaired a It is an investigation into the historical, mythological, anthropological, sociological as well as the artistic aspects of teyyam. Sree Narayana Guru opposed this strongly and took the initiative to simplify marriage customs and celebrations. ), astrology, Siddha, Manthravaadam, spirituality, merchant trading, Visha chikitsa, etc. 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). Makachuttu art is popular among Ezhavas in Thiruvananthapuram and Chirayinkizhu taluks and in Kilimanoor, Pazhayakunnummal and Thattathumala regions. He had a short stint as Is … The Satyagraha aimed at securing freedom of movement for all sections of society through the public roads leading to the Sri Mahadevar Temple at Vaikom. In North Kerala, it was performed with Theyyam and Pana. Kerala, with its abundant resource of medicinal plants, has a long history of folk medical traditions practiced by healers from all levels of society. The direct linkage between Buddhism, Ayurveda and Avarna Vaidya tradition is undoubtedly signified through this iconic medic in Kerala history. of my PhD thesis that I have submitted to Sree Sankaracharya Ezhavas do not normally use any distinct surnames. It is a tradition deeply rooter fold and characterized by Smarta-Pauranika beliefs and customs. presenting papers. Kalady, Kerala. of tantric rituals. Thank you for your excellent books and outstanding prices! on many unpublished and less-known Its believed that South Indian Hindu God, Lord Ayyappan, was trained in an ezhava Kalari of Cheerappanchira family. Today it is found in central Kerala. [citation needed] The movement was centered at the Shiva temple at Vaikom, near Kottayam. of several individuals who not only consist of academic scholars but Change ). It is a tradition deeply rooter within the Vedic ritualistic fold and characterized by Smarta-Pauranik beliefs and customs. Sanskrit, University of Cali cut, under whose guidance I have carried This was a ritualistic art form performed in almost all important temples of Kerala. 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. Nevertheless, this Buddhism tradition can still be seen in that the Ezhavas seem to have a uniquely greater interest in the moral, non-ritualistic, non-dogmatic aspects of the religion rather than the theological. In 1921 an extensive effort to reach a thousand Ezhava families living in the coastal areas of Alappuzha and hilly area of Pathanamthitta was initiated by an independent committee, in relation with the CSI church. The Vaikom Satyagraha (1924 – 25) was a satyagraha (movement) in Travancore against untouchability in Hindu society. A thaali (a gold necklace tied around the bride’s neck) tying rite took place before the onset of puberty. This is in two pieces, one is draped on the lower part of the body and then the neriyathu is worn over a blouse. Thank you! Many Ezhavas were also prompted to join Sikhism after remarks by Ambedkar. One of the disciples of Narayana Guru, Asan was known as one of the famous triumvirate poets of Kerala in the first half of the 20th century. The snake worship (Nagaradhana) was prevalent among many Ezhava families all over Kerala, but was most common among Malayalee and Tulu Billavas of North Malabar and Tulu Nadu. Thali kettu kalyanam (mock marriage ceremony). 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 erupted in Kerala against him. And the last chapter discusses how ), A Treasury of Tantric Ideas - A Study of the Samrajyalaksmipithika (An Old and Rare Book), Tantric Studies in Memory of Helene Brunner, Tantrapuspanjali - Tantric Traditions and Philosophy of Kashmir, Bettina Sharada Baumer and Hamsa Stainton, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Aryan Books International, Tibetan Renaissance: Tantric Buddhism in the Rebirth of Tibetan Culture, Tantric Studies (Fruits of a Franco-German Project on Early Tantra), Early Tantric Vaisnavism: Three Newly Discovered Works of The Pancaratra (The Svayambhuvapancaratra, Devamrtapancaratra and Astadasavidhana), Man as Microcosm in Tantric Hinduism (An Old Book), Introduction to the Buddhist Tantric Systems (With Original Text and Annot. its phenomenal growth as an academic subject. The economic condition of the Ezhavas worsened and social taboos reduced them to a state of abject poverty. Was Kerala ever a Buddhist majority land? These men were sent, ostensibly, to set up Coconut farming in Kerala. The data presented in the book are based tantric education within the broader historical context of Vedic and Vajrayana was secretly practiced here until the 17th century. During this ceremony, the girl was forced to marry a man (strictly from the same community unlike other castes which followed this custom) whose horoscopes matched. medieval period, and interviews with Until the 18th century, females of non-Brahmin class were allowed to wear only a single loin cloth girdled round the waist. The Pandarams who perform priestly duties in Ezhava temples are considered to be successors of Buddhist monks. The oldest male member, known as the Karanavar or Mooppar, is the head of the household and managed the family estate. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. 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. One of the early translations of Ashtanga Hridaya (a celebrated Sanskrit treatise on Ayurveda) to Malayalam was by an Ezhava physician, Kayikkara Govindan Vaidyar. Ezhava physicians were the chief Ayurvedic physicians of the Travancore Royal family. This Buddhist tradition, and the refusal to give it up, pushed the Ezhavas to an outcaste role within the greater Brahminic society. Sri Kali Tantra & Sri Rudra Candi (An Assortment of Mantras, Worship Rituals and Tantric Practices of Sri Dakshina Kali, Along with Glory Saga and Worship Ritual of Sri Rudra Chandi), The Brahmayamala Tantra or Picumata (The Religious Observances and Sexual Ritual of the Tantric Practitioner: Chapter 3, 21 and 45), Hindu, Buddhist and Tantric Gods and Goddesses, Ritual Objects and Religious Symbols (Authentic, Accurate, Sequential, with Index and Research Based), Bhuta Damara Tantra (An Authoritative Tantra of Sri Krodha Bhairava Along with His Mantras, Mandal Worship Rituals and Accomplishment Rituals of Bhutinis, Yakshinis, Snake-Girls etc. This volume is a general, but a serious Famous Ayurvedic scholar from Kochi New Udaya Pharmacy and Ayurvedic Laboratories (Nupal) were established in 1960 by Sri N. K. Padmanabhan Vaidyar, who hails from a well-known traditional Ayurvedic family. Some of these surnames like Asaan, Vaidyar, Mudalali, Valiyachan, Achan, Amma were also used by some of the Hindu and Christian communities of Kerala. previous and current generations 0f 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. Many thanks. I remember reading somewhere that Buddhism used to be the dominant religion in Kerala until the demise of the Chera dynasty in around 600CE. but authentic manuscripts of lat. of the major ritual's, manuals and their characteristics and previous Photo courtesy of Kerala Tourism Saiddhantika and Pancaratra tantric According to the Sangam tradition, there was a famous Buddhist chatty a (temple) at Vanchi (Karur) and a Palli Bana Perumal became a Buddhist. academic records like Alexis Sanderson, Harunaga Issacson, Diwakar ( Log Out /  This book The Paliyam Copper plate apparently proves that in the reign of Ashoka Buddhism was introduced to Kerala. ഈഴവരുടെ സ്വത്തുക്കൾ നമ്പൂതിരിമാരുടെ കൈയിൽ അകപ്പെട്ടത് എങ്ങനെ – How EZHAVA wealth transferred to namboothiris hands? Following the tradition of Buddhist Master Atiśa Dīpankara, who brought the tradition of Tara in Tibet. An open culture thrived in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, giving rise to many world-renowned scholars and many unique Buddhist traditions. A special thank you to the packing assistants! section is followed by conclusion and a select bibliography. Buddhists were pioneers in education. Some Ezhava youth were attracted to the concepts of the Sikhism and as a result, joined the religion. [citation needed] This has been discontinued by many of these families now. Jain temple, Kochi, Kerala state, India. studies on the subject to post-Tantrasamuccaya ritual scenario. [citation needed] Famous Thirumanakkal Vvaidyasala in idukki and Kannur Ayurvedic Multi Speciality Hospital in Wayanad are owned by Ezhava vaidyars. The main textual evidence is the Sri Lalithopaakhyana, part of Brahmanda Purana and a very important tantric text associated with the Srividya tradition. Some Ezhavas remained wealthy and some others became masters in various fields such ayurveda (medicine), martial arts (Kalaripayattu, Varma Kalari, etc. Kuruthi was a ritual performed in temples, especially Devi, Bhagavathy, Durga temples. Finely done with intricate details and utmost care. [8] We have painted in our studio this Rare 21 Tara. The techniques are repeated several times. Harunaga Isaacson, Diwakar Acharya, Peter Bisschop, Shaman Well done! [citation needed] The Ezhava community’s largely undisputed acceptance of Sree Narayana Guru as their spiritual, social and intellectual mentor and guiding spirit adds a major and unifying facet to community integrity and identity today. A thali kettu kalyanam or a mock marriage ceremony was prevalent among some rich Ezhavas (or Pramanis ). Cholayil family is one of the most famous and respected Ezhava Ayurvedic families in Kerala. There were in fact several acclaimed Ezhava Ayurvedic scholars. However, occupational surnames like Panicker, Asaan, Channar, Vaidyar, Mudalali, Chekavar, Chekavan, Chekon, Valiyachan, Achan, Chanatty, Panikkathy, Chekothy, Thanpatty, Amma, Karanavar, Kutty, Thandan (mostly in Malabar), Thandar were fairly common till the early 20th century. There is no exclusive study on the ritual ( Log Out /  and in-depth study of distinct temple Even though Kerala does not have any major presence of Buddhists in modern times, many historians recognize a Buddhist heritage that seem to have existed until the 10th century CE along with a widespread Sramana tradition of co-existence between Vedic Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and ancient Dravidian folk religion. Most of their converts were from the Thiyya community. Etymologically, the word “Ezhava” or “Thiyya” can be traced to the word “Ezham” (or “Eelam”), or “Dweep” (a Pali word for Sri Lanka). manuscripts constitute the major inputs of the present study. Ezhavas, including women, were no longer allowed to cover their upper bodies and were also forbidden to wear certain types of jewelery and footwear. Karnataka, a land of rich tradition and culture, has thousands of monuments that attest to its ancient saga of heritage. The capital is Thiruvananthapuram. also practising priests, friends and people who have made invaluable the great traditions of Tantra, Keral, [citation needed], • Kumaran Asan[34] (1873-1924) was a Malayalam poet, philosopher and social reformer of Kerala. Therefore an attempt is In Kerala that has a long history of more than 1000 years of Buddhism from BC 3rd to AD 9th century the philosophy of ethics and enlightenment was revitalized by the leading players of Kerala renaissance including Sahodaran Ayyappan, Mithavadi C Krishnan, C … [citation needed] Most theories of origin for the Ezhavas suggest a Sri Lankan and Buddhist connection. session on Classical Literature in the 11th Ritualistic Tradition of Tantra in Kerala: A Study on Its Characteristic This book is a revised version 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. [citation needed] He was awarded the title of Vaidyaratnam by K.C. [citation needed] The Ezhava community and SNDP Yogam were in the forefront of this movement. Thank you for such great customer service!! Kelikkodan Ayyappan Vaidyar (Kottakkal) is one of the pioneer in the traditional Ayurvedic physician who is an eminent personality in Marma Chikithsa. mostly revolve around specific aspects of tantric cults. Narayanan and his associates worked by first convincing the Ezhavas to give up the practice of untouchability with respect to castes below their caste and by second building a number of templates open to all castes. This is also known as Pandavarkali, which means the play of the Pandavas, (the five heroes of the Mahabharatha), and is also performed Asari, Moosari, Karuvan, Thattan and Kallasari communities. It cover The Buddhist History of Kerala . cult of Kerala. It is a tradition deeply rooted within the Vedic ritualistic In southern central Kerala, Kuruthy was performed before padayani and Mudiyet. The data collected from the scores of unpublished and less-known taking a cue from the context of Vedic and which is an offshoot or synthesis 0f I am highly indebted to him for his continuous support, By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. ), Lord Ganesha – The Charming God Venerated By All, The Canons of Bhuta, Garuda and Varna Divisions, The Structure and Content of Siddhantagamas, The Classifications of Tantric Vaisnava Scriptures, Classifications of the Vaikhanasa Literature, Classification of the Buddhist Tantric Literature, The Sakta Tradition of Bengal: The Dasamahavidya Cult, The Initiation as a Cross-cultural Phenomenon, The Significance of Rituals of Initiation, General Features of Brahmanical Traditions of Tantra, The Basic Structure of a Ritual and Its Categories, The Tantric Elements in the Folk Cultural Expressions, The Less-known Commentaries ofTantrasamuccaya, The Structure and Content of Tantrasamuccaya, Advantages and Disadvantages of Generalization, The Political Milieu and Inclinations of Tantrasamuccaya. diverging "cults" and their "sub-cults" and texts affiliated to them. University of Sanskrit in 2014. Wonderful!! Its origins date back to when Kalaripayattu, the physical exercise of swordplay and defence, was in vogue in Kerala. Kuzhuppully and Pokkanchery families in Thrissur and Calicut respectively are traditional families of Ayurvedacharyans. In Kannur, Protestant missions started working in the first half of the 19th century, when the Basel German Evangelical Mission was founded by Dr. H. Gundert. Although this is found among many communities, it was very common with Ezhavas. It has been You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. out the study. Many numerous seminars and conferences, Kerala Oriental Conference, 2016. distinguished characteristics ofKerala tantric rituals. [citation needed] Also, there were many distillers and weavers from this community. It is also performed by Christians and some other Hindu communities. A sizeable part of the Ezhava community, especially in central Travancore and in the High Ranges, embraced Christianity during the British rule, due to caste-based discrimination. This volume is a general, but a serious and in-depth study of distinct temple ritual cult of Kerala. The study is divided into three sections and it contains nine study is that it is essential to have a general idea of the subject before [citation needed]. Because that man was simply her “mock” husband, he could leave her after the completion of the ritual. It is also notable that Ashtanga Hridaya a seminal text of Ayurveda was written by Vagbhata another Buddhist sage. He got his PhD 21 Green Tara In Atisa Tradition This can be perfect gift for a practitioner like you. University of Sanskrit in 2014. Before each song, the dancers explain the intricacies of the particular rhythm about to be employed and how this rhythm is translated into dance movements. The second section entitled "Kerala Tantra", deals with the Love your website and your products! The pallies were wantonly smashed by the Hindu Nazis under the leadership of Sankara and Kumarila. Keeping this in mind several divisions oftantric traditions and looking into general characteristics The scope of such a general After successfully completing the Satyagraha and after the Temple Entry Proclamation, some of the Akalis remained. the unique ritual cult of Kerala as extensively as possible. to the lower castes. [citation needed] When the fight did not look to be succeeding, the Ezhavas leadership threatened that they would convert en masse, rather than stay as helots of Hindu society. In 1896, a petition with more than 13,000 signature was submitted to the government asking for the recognition of the right of the Ezhavas to enter the government service; the upper caste Hindus of the state prevailed upon the Maharajah not to concede the request. 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. ... but of the Tantric tradition — an amalgamation of Buddhist and non-Buddhist practices. In five chapters The Ezhava Memorial was a plea that contained 13,000 signatures and requested an extension of civic rights, government jobs, etc. [citation needed]. Hinduism constitutes 54.73% of Kerala population. Thank you so much , my order was delivered today in perfect condition! The headgear and other ornamental decorations are spectacular in sheer size and appearance. All emails will be sent by. This 300-year-old tradition combines drama, dance, music and costumes to retell stories from Indian epics. This hypothesis has been supported by genetic studies which show that the allelic distribution of Ezhavas in a bi-dimensional plot (correspondence analysis based on HLA-A, -B, and -C frequencies) shows a rather strong East Eurasian element due to its proximity to the Mongol population in the same plot. Syrian Christians, allowed by the Hindu leaders to have their own private armies, recruited Ezhavas members due in part to this tradition. They are also found amongst the Malayalee diaspora around the world. Tantra in Kerala" and degrees of MA and Each Tharavadu has a unique name. Brahmasri Sree Narayana Guruvinte Jeevacharitha Samgraham (Malayalam), EZHAVAS HAS GOT A PATERNAL LINEAGE OF EUROPEAN ORIGIN: STUDY. Sanderson, Mark Dyczkowski, Bettina Baumer, Dominic Goodall, Kerala Tantra is a regional phenomenon conducted at Pondicherry in 2011, that provided me with a great to analyse present-day ritual scenario. It is a small state, constituting only about 1 percent of the total area of the country. Sanskrit education of Kerala. During this period, the Emperor`s son Mahindra headed a Buddhist mission to Sri Lanka. The contribution of Jain–Buddhist traditions to classical Tamil literature is indisputable. The independent Kerala identity evolved as a separate regional expression in the late ninth century. Kerala is the place to visit for experiencing this atmosphere of temple worship combining in itself, literature, arts, architecture, music and dance that provides certainly an exhilarating living. MPhil (in Sanskrit) from Sree I have recommended your website to over 40 of my classmates. It makes the products available and delivery at cheaper rates than Amazon. However, after the significant growth of the Ezhava movement, many families later re-converted to Hinduism and the number of Sikh Ezhavas dwindled. Was Sabrimala a Buddhist temple? Sandalwood paste on the forehead, a red towel round the head, red silk around the waist and bells round the ankles form the costume. contributions in several possible ways. ( Log Out /  For Ezhavas in Travancore and Malabar, their Tharavad name were identified through their mother’s house (Thavazhi) but some other families the in Cochin area (excluding Kanayannur Taluk) were identified through by their father’s Tharavadu. Literally, Aivarkali means the play of the five sets. Nevertheless, this Buddhism tradition can still be seen in that the Ezhavas seem to have a uniquely greater interest in the moral, non-ritualistic, non-dogmatic aspects of the religion rather than the theological. A tradition of enclosure walls developed in Egypt very early on. Buddhaguptanatha, the guru of the 17th century Tibetan Buddhist master Taranatha, was from Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. Blessings for safety and health. Meaning in Tantric Ritual (Based on the Saiva Traditions of Kashmir. This is a list of ancient Buddhist sites, relics, traditions and places from the Indian state of Kerala. Kerala stretches for about 360 miles along the Malabar Coast, varying in width from roughly 20 to 75 miles. Wonderful site and I’m sure I’ll be back! This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times. for the thesis "Ritualistic Tradition of About the Book Kerala Tantra is a regional phenomenon which is an offshoot or synthesis 0f Saiddhantika and Pancaratra tantric ritual rites. characterized by Smarta-Pauranik A lot many were trainers of Martial art Kalaripayattu. For Kerala Christians, the church remains at the heart of their gregarious lifestyle, a place to recall the spirit in the hurly-burly of life. I am so delighted with the purchase and cannot wait for my bracelets. beliefs and customs. [citation needed] This community is starting to follow Sree Narayana Guru’s teachings. Ullambana . Kalari Panickers from an Ezhava tharavaad based at Kulathoor were trainers of famous Ettuveetil Pillamars, and their descendants have looked after the Chamundi Devi (Kalari devatha) temple at Thozhuvancode, Thiruvananthapuram. ritual cults. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days. At the There is a hypothesis that Ezhavas are descendants of Buddhists (from Sri Lanka, or emissaries from the Magadhan empire) who refused to convert to Hinduism. It is also an intensely experienced way of life for many. Many from the community were Kottaram Vaidyan (palace physicians) of important kings in the region, Many Ezhava families were practitioners of Visha chikitsa (toxicology) for decades, treating poison from bites of snakes, scorpions, etc. tantrins and their testimonies. them with the Kerala tradition and made a separate sub­culture. the South Asian religious studies. The Ezhava males were referred to as Chekka, and the females Pennu by upper castes in Kerala to indicate a position of inferiority. historical phenomenon. remains to be a less explored subject Ajithan P.I. First of all, I would like to thank Sanskrit education of Kerala. of the unique ritual cult of Kerala. it to a comparative analysis. Prof. NVP Unithiri Endowment All About the Book This book contains an account of teyyam, a divine dance of north Kerala in which the performer after undergoing several rituals becomes a deity. transmitted orally in formal and informal educational settings. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Dr N.K. Gopinath Kaviraj, Vrajavallabha Dvivedi and Sanjukta Gupta were As per Hortus Malabaricus by J. Heniger, Ezhavas(otherwise called silgos), tree climbers , also bound to wars and arms. Parichamuttu kali is a martial folk-dance prevalent among the Ezhavas around the Alappuzha, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Palghat and Malappuram districts. The poet Mahakavi Kumaranasan, whose poems or Khandakavya such as Nalini, Leela, Karuna and Chandala Bhikshuki extol Buddhist ideals lamented at times in his verses about the past glory of the Sinhalese, or the natives of Sri Lanka, whom he considered to be the forefathers of present day Ezhavas. In this, a group of eight performers, two each, twin around each other like serpents and rise up, battling with sticks. The Poojari are a sub-sect of the Billava community, located in the Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, a south Indian state. With Isabel Baker’s (CMS Missionary) generous contribution, a school, hospital and a coir factory were established under the title Karappuram Mission in the Shertellai area and as a result, thousands of Ezhava families converted in areas of Alappuzha and Pathanamthitta to Christianity. Sundareswaran, presently the Head of the Department of “Sarpa Kavu” (meaning “Abode of the Snake God”), a small traditional forest (mostly man made) of green pockets, would have idols of snake gods worshipped. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. [citation needed]. The products are amazing and the designs are really beautiful. Venmanakkal family (related to the Chavercode family) was the first family to learn Ayurveda from the Pali language in addition to the Ayurvedic knowledge from Sanskrit. Kerala Tantra still The present volume entitled Tantric Rituals of Kerala Temples: with ritual peculiarities of Kerala Tantra. This is a revised version of my PhD thesis, The and their words are analysed within a larger context. Hatley, Jurgen Hanneder, Raffaele Torella, Gavin Flood and so on. the prominent ones and found to have a pan-Indian appeal. one undertakes specialized study of a text or a particular cultural or Arjuna nritham is also called “Mayilpeeli Thookkam” as the costume includes a characteristic garment made of mayilppeeli (peacock feathers). The performers have their faces painted green and wear distinctive headgears. Buddha and Buddhist history. Uracheril Gurukkal instructed Herman Gundert in the field of Sanskrit and Ayurveda, and Uppot kannan, who wrote interpretation of Yogamrutham (Ayurvedic text in Sanskrit by Ashtavaidyans), were also acclaimed Ezhava Ayurvedic scholars. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. 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