Konar (caste)

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Tamil Nadu

Konar is an ethnic group from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Tamil word Kon can mean both herdsman and king.[1][2][3] They are distributed throughout the state of Tamil Nadu, where they are one of the ancient Tamil castes.[4][need quotation to verify] The Konar are also called Ayar and Idaiyar.[5] In the early Sangam literature, the Ayars are described as having occupied the mullai or 'forest region'. The word Ayar is derived from the Tamil word "Aa" meaning 'cow'.


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  2. ^ Hiltebeitel, Alf (1988). The Cult of Draupadi. University of Chicago Press. p. 35. ISBN 9780226340463. 
  3. ^ Inca origins: Asian influences in early South America in myth, migration and history. Elsraek. 2003. 
  4. ^ Padmaja, T. (2002). Temples of Kr̥ṣṇa in South India: history, art, and traditions in Tamilnāḍu. Abhinav publications. p. 35. ISBN 9788170173984. 
  5. ^ Richard, Guy (1982). Religious Festivals in South India and Sri Lanka. Manohar. p. 128.