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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History of Ezhava

Sree Narayana Guru, an early 20th century social reformer, paved the way for improvement in the spiritual freedom hostory other social conditions of the Ezhava and related communities in Kerala and other parts of the country.

June 15, at Nairs are really tribals Nevertheless, this tradition is still evident as Ezhavas show greater interest in the moral, non-ritualistic, and non-dogmatic aspects of the religion rather than the theological.

Manavikraman Zamorin of Kozhikode in The general Hindu population of Kerala other than the Brahmins did not consider covering the upper body as a necessity. Great Sreenarayana guru said ‘Hinduism is sufficient for Ezhavas’ and it has no use of religious conversion.

Then why Aryans did n’t recognise Budhism and Ezhavas and tried to suppress it? Position in society Ezhavas were considered as avarnas by the clergy and the ruling elite even though their ancestors Villavars belonged to the Kshatriya Varna. Ezham is srilanka in ancient Tamil. After successfully completing the Satyagraha and after the Temple Entry Proclamation, some of the Akalis remained.

Vintage Level Vintage Store. There were a thousand years of Budhist glory before it declined. Percussion instruments like the chenda, maddalam, talachenda and ilathalam cymbal form the musical accompaniment. I belong to family ezhzava.

Oral history, folk songs and other old writings indicate that the Ezhavas were at some point histoy the past members of the armed forces serving various kings, including the Zamorins of Calicut and the rulers of the Cochin dynasty.


Ezhava physicians from chavarcode family of kollam, were the chief Ayurvedic physicians of the Travancore Royal family during 18th and 19th century. Mahakavi Kumaranasan, whose works 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 Srilanka, whom he considered to be the forefathers of present day Ezhavas.

But the brahmins portrayed all of us as ‘Toddy-Tappers’ to the western world. In this, a group of eight performers, two each, twin around each other like serpents and rise up, battling with sticks. Does it ezhav matter? Nairs were not kshatriyas. Ezhavas came from tamilnadu by fearing the political execution of munda dravidians. Sandalwood paste on the hsitory, a red towel bistory the head, red silk around the waist and bells round the ankles historh the costume. Cheerappanchira panickers were Kalari trainers of Pandalam Royal family [25].

Ezhavas are the inhabitants of Kerala, a southern most state of Indiabounded on the east by the Western Ghats and the west by the Arabian Sea. This Buddhist tradition, and the refusal to give it up, pushed the Ezhavas to an outcaste role within the greater Brahminic society. In support of this theory, it is urged that, ezhavq South Travancore, the Ezhavas were known by the title of Mudaliyar, which is also the surname of a division of the Vellalas at Jaffna; that the Vattis and Mannans call them Mudaliyars; and that the Pulayas had ever been known to address them only as Mutha Ezjava.

Some Ezhavas were known as vaidyars Ayurvedic physicians. And ‘shandakha’ was an ancient language which existed in these areas still exists in some remote islands. I stopped my argument with him, lest it should go on and become a street fight.

This is a significant example of exhava a social reform movement turned into a caste solidarity movement [40]. During different periods of history, sections of the Ezhava community converted to other religions. Secondly, if the Ezhavas did not convert to Hinduism and were thus labelled untouchables, how is it that Ezhavas finally came to embrace Hinduism?


Its origins date back to when Kalaripayattu, the physical exercise of swordplay and defence, was in vogue in Kerala. Apro Solutions Business Service. On the line becoming extinct, however, thieir relatives and adherents returned to main land. Now-a-days illams became non-existent in kerala. They were considered avarnas because some of them had hiwtory adopted Buddhism and later converted back to Hinduism.

However, after the significant growth of the Ezhava movement, many families later re-converted to Hinduism and the number of Sikh Ezhavas dwindled. Ina petition with more than 13, signature was submitted to the government asking for ezzhava recognition of the right of the Ezhavas to enter the histort service; the upper caste Hindus of the state prevailed upon the Maharajah not to concede the request.

Studies in Kerala History. They were also known as Ezhinar in Kerala which sounds quite similar to ‘Ezhava’ also called Ezhavar. But even during those times ezhavas were profound pundits in ‘Sanskrit’.

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They help each other. Until the 18th century, females of non-Brahmin class ezjava allowed to wear only a single loin cloth girdled round the waist. In Mines, Diane P. For long they were treated as outcastes by the Brahmins and the Nairs; nevertheless, these earliest sons of the soil–the first Munda-Dravidian immigrants–retained their pride and ethnic identity and rose above adversity by zehava of Hindu religion which was first used to reduce them to the status of outcastes.