Nair soldiers with the King of Cochin
on an elephant
The martial arts of the Nair
Nair, also known as Nayar, is a Hindu caste of the Indian state of Kerala on the Malabar Coast.
According to some theories, the Nair have Indo-Scythian ancestry. Traditionally, Kerala's royalty, militia, and land managers were from the Nair and related castes. During British rule, Nair were known as Nayarkutti and were important in politics, government, medicine, education, and law.
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- Panikkar, Kavalam Madhava. "Some Aspects of Nayar Life," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, July-December 1918, Vol. 48, pp. 254–293.
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