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Illathu Nair are Hindu Kshatriya caste in the southern Indian state of Kerala, one of the subcastes belonging to the Nair community in Kerala described by anthropologist Kathleen Gough. Nair (also known as Nayar or Malayala Kshatriyas the name of a Hindu forward caste from the Southern Indian state of Kerala. The Nair community as of 19th century was divided in to close to 200 subcastes. Until a few decades ago, the Nairs were divided into several sub-castes and inter-dining and inter-marriages were practically non-existent amongst them. The 1891 Census of India, undertaken by the British listed a total of 138 Nair subcastes in the Malabar region, 44 in the Travancore region and a total of 55 of them in the Cochin region. Also Nair has lineage from Nagas or Nagavanshi (snake-born), claiming descent from the Nāgas. The term "Nair" is derived from Nayaka, an honorific meaning "leader of the people", while others believe it stems from the "Nagas" association with the Naga cult of serpent worship.