Pulayar

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Pulayar
Ayyankali Statue.jpg
Total population
1,338,008 (2011 census)
Regions with significant populations
Languages
Malayalam,Tamil,Kannada
Religion
Hinduism ,Christianity

The Pulayar (also Pulaya ,pulayan, Pulayas, Cherumar, Cheramar and Cheraman) are a Dalit caste in Hinduism, which is the largest dalit social group and third largest social group in kerala

.Pulaya's are present in modern-day Kerala and Karnataka as well as in historical Tamil Nadu or And Mahé district

Traditions[edit]

Pulayars are noted for their music, craftsmanship, and for certain dances which include Kōlam-thullal, a mask dance which is part of their exorcism rituals, as well as the Mudi-āttam or hair-dance which has its origins in a fertility ritual.[1][2][3]

Demography[edit]

According to the 2011 Census, the Pulayan population in Kerala was 1,338,008. They were the largest Dalit group in the state.[4]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

Arts of Pulayar caste:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PRIMAL ELEMENTS:THE ORAL TRADITION".
  2. ^ "Early Evidence for Caste in South India, p. 467-492 in Dimensions of Social Life: Essays in honor of David G. Mandelbaum, Edited by Paul Hockings and Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, New York, Amsterdam, 1987". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Palaniappan, Sudalaimuthu (2008). "On the unintended influence of Jainism on the development of caste in post-classical Tamil society" (PDF). International Journal of Jaina Studies (Online). 4 (2). Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Census of India Website : Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India". www.censusindia.gov.in. Retrieved 31 August 2019.