Maravar

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Maravar (also known as Maravan and Marava) are a Tamil community of the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India, and are one of the three branches of the Mukkulathor confederacy.

Etymology[edit]

The term Maravar has diverse proposed etymologies;[1] it may come simply from a Tamil word maravar (warrior),[2] or a term meaning "bravery/ruthlessness".[3]

More complex etymological legends include descent from Indra through a mortal woman, with the child hidden in a maravu idam (secret place). Alternately, legends derive it from marani (sin), for the Maravar's sin of killing without pity.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Political Change and Agrarian Tradition in South India. Mittal Publications. pp. 49–. GGKEY:G5HUNAS9SN3. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland (1903). The Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. Published for the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland by Trübner & Co. pp. 57–. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Vijaya Ramaswamy (2007). Historical dictionary of the Tamils. Scarecrow Press. pp. 143–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5379-9. Retrieved 21 September 2011.