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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If Ezhavas Thiyyas try to eradicate histkry from Kerala the only caste eradicated from Kerala will be our own caste Ezhava. As for your reference – http: Knowing more about Ezhavas are like knowing more about Kerala history itself.

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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. Thu Oct 23, 9: Therefore you will get different results depending on how far in the past you want to look at.

Many Ezhavas were also prompted to join Sikhism after remarks by Ambedkar.

Also, it perpetually surprises me, how much the ezhava tries to be a ‘Hindu’ when he is anything but a Hindu. While Ezhavas were once eahava 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. There were no political boundaries like we have now and people traveled easily between India, Srilanka and south East Asia and ezhaga their culture and knowledge.


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History of Ezhava

At the time of their arrival the non-aboriginal local population had been converted to Buddhism by missionaries who had come from the north of India and from Ceylon. Thereafter, they were accredited as chekavars or ezhhava.

This is also known as Pandavarkali, which means the play of the Ezhavaa, the five heroes of the Mahabharathaand is performed by Asari, Moosari, Karuvan, Thattan and Kallasari communities. A subgroup of the Thiyyas considered themselves to be warriors and became known as the Chekavars. Ezhavas Thiyyas perform rituals in their own temples. Subcastes The dzhava 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.

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Further Bhadra Kali and even possibly Lord Siva was possibly inducted into Hindu pantheon from sub cultures. This Buddhist tradition, and the refusal to give it up, pushed the Ezhavas to an outcaste role within the greater Brahminic society. Total branches mentioned above Nairs are really tribals My dear friends, I think most of the ezhavas are unknown about our own cast and lineage.

Now-a-days illams became non-existent in kerala. But religious conversion causes insecurity to others who stand in that religion itself. These men were sent, ostensibly, to set up Coconut farming histoyr Kerala. Can anybody give the answer? At that time buddhism was already prevalent in Kerala.


Thiyyas are situated from the north to the central Kerala and the Ezhavas are from the central to the southern region. A grand manor and outhouses belonging to Ezhava aristocracy from history. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Vishnu, what would you do, if someone asked an opinion about your worst enemy. A few sections of the community were also involved in brewing arrack.

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Kesavan Vaidyar founded of Chandrika. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ezhava people. They were engaged in martial arts Garaditoddy tapping, ayurvedic medicine and liquor business.

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. The all night performance of the dance form is usually presented solo or in pairs. The first Malayalam book published by the Dutch intitled Hortus Indicus Malabaricus, speaks in its preface about a Vaidyar doctor Karappuram Kadakkarappally Kollattu Veettil Itty Achuthan of present-day Alappuzha districta reputed vaidyar of the community as the main force behind the book and he is the one who ezhaca the book ezahva reach its present form.