A. Seshayya Sastri
|Regions with significant populations|
|Chola Nadu region of Tamil Nadu, Chennai|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Iyer, Tamil people|
Due to their geographic concentration, it is noted that they tended to be isolated and had an insular culture. As a result, they also tended to be very late in their adoption of the English language and of western culture in general. The insular culture and resultant intermarriage can result in a high degree of consanguinity amongst Vathimas.
In ancient times, the most prevalent profession among the Vathimas was moneylending. Vathima women tended to work as well, either in farming, mat making or moneylending. They were also known for their scholarship in classical Hindu literature.