Wayanad

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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…
in Interview
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),…
in Overview
Linet Sebastian
India is home to multitudes of indigenous ethnic communities across various states. The indigenous people of India are not a homogenous entity; they unveil pluralities in all walks of life. Their knowledge systems have a lasting appeal beyond the rational realm. Tribal knowledge systems are a…
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Azeez Tharuvana
Wayanad, in Kerala, is often described as the ‘valley of heaven’. Situated around 2,500–2,700 feet above sea level, it is a rich reserve of rare biodiversity. A mountain range of considerable significance in the Western Ghats, it has an area of 2132 sq. km, of which 37.07% is covered in forests.…
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Kolkali ('stick dance') performed by the Wayanadan Chettis as part of their wedding festivities: the songs are based on oral narrations of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, such as the vanavasa (exile to the forest) of Rama, Lakshmana and Sita.
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K. Satchidanandan: The Ramayana, I have always felt and said, is not exactly a text but a tradition. A tradition that is various, that is diverse, that has so many layers and that is related to so many different kinds of cultures of the people of different classes—of the tribal people as well as…
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