Wayanad

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Vasundhara Krishnan
Suma Vishnudas works as a social scientist at MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF), Wayanad, Kerala. She has previously worked as a journalist for Kairali TV in Kerala and as a research associate at Centre for Development Studies (CDS) in Trivandrum. She has a Master’s degree in journalism…
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Vasundhara Krishnan
Wayanad: The Land of Paddy Fields Located in the Western Ghats in northern Kerala at an elevation of 3,000 feet, Wayanad  is home to one-third of the total tribal population (1,51,443) of Kerala—4,84,839, as per 2011 census. The district, with a forest coverage of 83 per cent of its total…
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Vasundhara Krishnan
Wayanad district in northern Kerala is a hill station that is home to different tribal communities like the Paniyas, Adiyas, Kurumas, etc. The Paniyas constitute one of the largest tribal communities in Wayanad. The Paniya tribe is also found in the Kannur, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of…
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Rajesh Karthy and A. Mohammed
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Jaseera CM
The advent of Jainism in Kerala was earlier believed to be in the medieval period. However, an archaeological excavation in 2011 at Pattanam in Ernakulam district unearthed a Tamil-Brahmi-inscribed potsherd on which is inscribed ‘amana’,[1] a term used to refer to Jain monks. This new evidence…
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Jaseera CM
Jainism, one of the oldest existing religions, must have evolved gradually, taking an organised form around the end of ninth century BCE, through the preaching of Parsvanatha, the 23rd tirthankara and Mahavira, the 24th thirthankara. It is believed that Jainism spread to South India when King…
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Linet Sebastian
The Kurichiya and Kuruma communities have extensive knowledge about paddy cultivation. Cheruvayal Raman, a native of Mananthavady in Wayanad and a member of the Kurichiya community, is an authority on paddy cultivation. He is the custodian of 53 varieties of paddy seeds that were traditionally used…
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Linet Sebastian
  The daivappura (abode of God) is central to the spiritual life of the Kurichiya and Kuruma communities, and its significance extends beyond the spiritual to the social. It is a powerful force in maintaining decorum and law and order in Kurichiya and Kuruma settlements, and its presence enforces…
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Linet Sebastian
  An overview of Wayanad   Wayanad, a district of Kerala, is well known for its beautiful landscapes and sizeable tribal population. Located in the Western Ghats, the district is often called the 'Green Paradise of Kerala', owing to a total forest coverage of 37 per cent (Census 2011),…
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