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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Some were also involved in texile manufacturing, liquor business and toddy tapping. 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 histpry the past glory of the Sinhalese, or the natives of Sri Lanka, whom he considered to be the forefathers of present day Ezhavas.

Standing round a traditional lamp, the performers dance in eighteen different stages and rhythms, each phase called a niram. Studies in Kerala History. But Prof Raju was an interesting person and I loved talking with him. There said to be two chera kingdoms.

Related ethnic groups are the Billavas of Tulunadu in Karnataka. Ezhavas came from tamilnadu by fearing the political execution of munda dravidians. Literally, Aivarkali means the play of the five sets. A sizeable part of the Ezhava community, especially in central Hiistory and in the High Ranges, embraced Christianity during the British rule, due to caste-based discrimination.

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.


Infact it was recently in that ezhavas were given the rights to enter temples. 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 histlry discriminated against and subjugated to taking up lowly placed jobs like toddy tapping, selling and making arrack, palm wine, etc.

Ezhavas are the descendents of the early Dravidian settlers of Kerala.

Venmanakkal family physicans were the first to learn Ayurveda from the Pali language in addition to the Ayurvedic knowledge from Sanskrit. Fact is I am interested in these kinda topics a lot.


And ‘shandakha’ was an ancient language which existed in these areas still exists in some remote islands.

In North Kerala, it was performed with Theyyam and Pana. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Guru Jayanthi celebration at Gokaneswara Temple, Mangalore, Karnataka, India 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.

Home Talk Property Beat. Cholayil family is zehava of the most famous and respected Hitory Ayurvedic families in Kerala. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? Origin of Ezhavas and their Dravidian link. 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.

Animals are sacrificed as part of the ritual.

History of Ezhava

There are Hindus who worhip cows and those who eat beef! Some were also involved in texile manufacturing, liquor business and toddy tapping. Manavikraman Zamorin of Kozhikode in There was a hisotry when Brahmin held privilege, there was also a period where he was prey to the swords of Islam and he was running for life. Nellikka families in malabar were histoey who remained wealthy and some others who were masters in various fields such ayurveda, martial arts Kalaripayattu, Marma Kalari, etc.

The Hindus, Christians, Muslims of Kerala looks very much alike in their appearance. However in my knowledge the travancore kings are no relative of Cheraman Perumal. More details will be given later. Many Ezhavas were experts of Kalaripayattu and also served to teach Nairs in Kalari fencing school. 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.

Ramaswamy Iyer, realizing the imminent danger, prompted the Maharajah to issue Temple Entry Proclamation, which abolished the ban on lower-caste people from entering Hindu temples in the state of Travancore.

Although this is found among many communities, it was very common with Ezhavas. The Ezhava males were referred to as Chekka, and the females Pennu by upper castes in Kerala to indicate a position of inferiority. Well a highly knowledgeable class of people became ‘backward class’ thanks to the privileged brahmins.


The outcome not looking to be promising, the Ezhava leadership threatened that they would convert en masse, rather than stay as helots of Hindu society. The Vaikom Satyagraha – 25 was a satyagraha movement in Travancore against untouchability in the Hindu society.

The Padmanabhan Column: The Ezhava Lineage

Standing round a traditional lamp, the performers dance in eighteen different stages and rhythms, each phase called a niram. Read on ‘A large congregation of Buddhists migrated hkstory Ceylon in Srilanka to kerala.

Further Bhadra Kali and even possibly Lord Siva was possibly inducted into Hindu pantheon from sub cultures.

They disapproved of the existing customs and rituals in kerala and oppressed Buddhism. I belong to family ezhzava. Many Bhramins also perform rituals in Ezhava owned temples. Farming, Coconut Trading, Toddy Tapping and Arrack Brewing Other traditional occupations of the community included trading coconut, farming, ship making, weaving etc. The srilankan Tamils migrated from the Indian mainland and the Sinhalese believe that they migrated from north India and Singhala is similar to Singh, there are lots confusions and contradictions in the theories of Aryans and Dravidians migrations, anyway there was definitely a movement of communities and cultures during the Buddhist era in south Asia.

History of Ezhava by Gurudevan. 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 Hlstory or Thavazhi or Thay Vazhi meaning Through Mother had a distinct name. There was a time Priests where considered in high esteem;They impressed upon the rulers and the general public alike that they were the Ambassadors or incarnation of the God.

Most of these ideas are simply view points. They were formerly known as ‘Ilavar’.

Though the respected or rich families like Chekavar, Channar, Panicker and Thandan women used ezhav wear upper clothing. Their beauty products like Cuticura and Medimix soap are very popular across India.