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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.

Members of the Maravar community often use the honorific title Thevar.[1][2][3]


The term Maravar has diverse proposed etymologies like marauder ;[4].Maravar also refers to thieves or robbers since their history included highway robbery.[5][6]


  1. ^ Neill, Stephen (2004). A History of Christianity in India: The Beginnings to AD 1707. Cambridge University Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-0-52154-885-4. 
  2. ^ Hardgrave, Robert L. (1969). The Nadars of Tamilnad: The Political Culture of a Community in Change. University of California Press. p. 280. 
  3. ^ Pandian, Anand (2009). Crooked Stalks: Cultivating Virtue in South India. Duke University Press. p. 286. ISBN 978-0-82239-101-2. 
  4. ^ VenkatasubramanianIndia, T. K. (1986). Political Change and Agrarian Tradition in South India, C. 1600-1801: A Case Study. Mittal Publications. p. 49. 
  5. ^ Subrahmanyam, Sanjay (2004). Land, Politics, and Trade in South Asia. Oxford University Press. p. 233. 
  6. ^ Ludden, David E. (2005). Early Capitalism and Local History in South India. Oxford University Press. p. 49.