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Traditional Nair tharavad

Tharavad (About this sound pronunciation ) is Malayalam word for ancestral home, usually used as the common house for the joint family system practised by people in Kerala.[citation needed]. Hermann Gundert in his Malayalam - English dictionary published in 1872 lists Tharavad as "ancestral residence of land-owners" and also as "a house, chiefly of noblemen".[1] Contemporary usage of the word is more generic to all social classes.[2]

A typical Nair tharavad reproduced from Panikkar's article published in 1918. Capital and small letters represent females and males respectively. Supposing that the females A, B and C were dead and the oldest male memberkarnavan being d, if the male members t, k and others demanded partition, the property would be divided into three parts.

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  1. ^ Hermann Gundert (1872). A Malayalam and English Dictionary. C. Stolz. p. 434. Retrieved 15 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "തറവാട്". Retrieved 15 February 2017.