Anantha Krishna Iyer, L. Krishna, Diwan Bahadur, 1861-1937. The Sudras of Cochin

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Title: The Sudras of Cochin

Published in: The Cochin tribes and castes -- Vol. 2

Published By: The Cochin tribes and castes -- Vol. 2 Madras ; London: Pub. For the government of Cochin by Higginbotham and Co. ; Luzac & Co.. 1912. 1-102 p. ill.

By line: L. K. Anantha Krishna Iyer

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2017. Computer File

Culture: Kerala (AW11)

Subjects: Castes (564); Status, role, and prestige (554); Historical reconstruction (174); Military organization (701); Uniform and accouterment (714); External relations (648); Weapons (411); Warfare (726); Domesticated animals (231);

Abstract: This is a general ethnography and culture history of the Nayar caste of central Kerala (Cochin). It covers historical information on military organization and warfare, house type and construction, caste subdivisions, personal names and titles, marriage customs, puberty customs (for the girl), polygamy, childbirth, naming ceremonies, the tarawád (matrilocal joint family), administration of justice, feudalism, village organization, districts, games, dramatic performances, religious and agricultural festivals, religion, funeral customs, caste occupations, food, clothing, and personal ornamentation. Of particular interest is the information on Nayar serpent cults and demon worship.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: aw11-009

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: ca. 1902-1906

Evaluation: Anthropologist-4, 5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1964-1968

Coverage Date: 1761-1912

Coverage Place: central Kerala, India

LCSH: Kerala (India)


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