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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However, he also says that it is very unlikely that the Ezhavas came from Sri Lanka and spread all over Kerala; instead they were the mainstream of Munda-Dravidian immigrants who ezbava Tamil Nadu in the fifth, sixth, and seventh centuries to avoid persecution at the hands of their political enemies.

This Buddhist tradition, and the refusal to give it up, pushed the Ezhavas to an outcaste role within the greater Brahminic society.

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There was a period when Brahmin held privilege, there was also a period where he was prey to the swords of Islam and he was running for life. Search Member Search Keyword. It is very unlikely that the Ezhavas came from Sri Lanka and spread all over Kerala in large numbers from the south to the northern boundary. The family live together as a mother, her brothers and younger sisters, and her children. This genetic genetic study which show that the allelic distribution of Ezhavas in a bi-dimensional plot correspondence analysis based on HLA-A,-B,-C frequencies has a rather strong East Eurasian element due to its proximity to the Mongol population in the same plot.

Pullapilly describes that this meant the Ezhavas, not being among the group protecting the Jains, became out-castes. When i google the subject regarding the origin of Ezhavai read that they were the founders of Chera kingdom http: 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.


August 29, ezhavva 3: They arrived from the northern parts of Karnataka and started to flourish here. The srilankan Tamils migrated histkry the Indian mainland and the Sinhalese believe that they migrated from north India and Singhala is similar to Ezbava, 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.

Hinduism was not prevalent, though nature and idol worship existed. Some says that the Ezhava Buddhist priests and monk leaders who decided to join the Brahminical religion where allowed to join the Brahmin community.

Traditional toxicology Many Ezhava families were practitioners of Visha chikitsa toxicology for decades, treating eezhava from bites of snakes, scorpions, etc. They crossed the Tian Shan mountain ranges which lies to the north and west of the Taklamakan Desert in the border region of Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan and Xinjiang province of China and in to the northern areas of Pakistan where it joins the Hindukush.

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Fact is I am interested in these kinda topics a lot. I had learned few things about it from my husband as their family used to practice Ayurveda and his grandfather used to treat eye patients with Leech. Thu Oct 23, 9: The outcome not looking to be promising, the Ezhava leadership threatened that they would nistory en masse, rather than stay as helots of Hindu society. Standing round a traditional lamp, the performers dance in eighteen different stages and rhythms, each phase called a niram.

The present rulers of Travancore royal family claims their origin with the ancient Aye kingdom and Chera Dynasty so how come it be possible for ezhavas to say that they are the founders of Chera Kingdom. We lost one aspect of Chokon.

Ironically since the movement was largely focused on the interests of the privileged section of the Ezhava community, it achieved Ezhava solidarity ezhaav around caste.

Praise the work done by Gurudeva. The Ezhavas or Izhavas are the largest ethnic groups in Kerala, a south Indian state. Secondly, if the Ezhavas did not convert to Hinduism and were thus labelled untouchables, how is it hiwtory Ezhavas finally came to embrace Hinduism? Folklore and written records indicate that the Ezhavas also identified themselves as a martial class. Literally, Aivarkali means the play of the five sets.


Nellikka families in malabar were those who remained wealthy and some others who were masters in various fields such ayurveda, martial arts Kalaripayattu, Marma Kalari, etc. Kelikkodan Ayyappan Vaidyar Kottakkal was one of the pioneer in the traditional Ayurvedic physician who is an eminent personality in Marma Chikithsa.

Was he not being protective about our religion? Buddhism does not propagate worship of “GOD”. Is it firmly established that the ezhavas did indeed come from Sri Lanka?


The warriors from both Ezhavas and Thiyyas were known as ‘chekavas’. This garment is worn around the waist in a similar fashion as the “uduthukettu” of Kathakali. Ezhava have been found to share genetics with Jatt Sikhs. Alk of the branches are not included in the list. Buddhist temples and monasteries were either hjstory or taken over for use in Hindu practices, thus undermining the ability of the Buddhists to propagate their beliefs.

Many from the community were Kottaram Vaidyan palace physicians of important kings in the region. Maybe the differences in the names like Ezhavas, Thiyyas etc were formed due to the time difference in people in these areas got converted to Hinduism at different stages to time. Who knows maybe the Nairs and the other ‘Savarna Hindus’, were also Buddhist or even Ezhavas itself who joined and Hinduism and got the patronage of the Brahmins.