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Konar is an ethnic group from the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Tamil word Kon can mean both herdsman and king. They are distributed throughout the state of Tamil Nadu, where they are one of the ancient Tamil castes.[need quotation to verify] The Konar are also called Ayar and Idaiyar. 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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