Nair

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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[1] on the Malabar Coast.

History[change | edit source]

According to some theories, the Nair have Indo-Scythian ancestry.[2] Traditionally, Kerala's royalty, militia, and land managers were from the Nair and related castes.[1] During British rule, Nair were known as Nayarkutti and were important in politics, government, medicine, education, and law.[1]

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References[change | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Nāyar". Encyclopædia Britannica. (2011). Retrieved on 15 November 2011. 
  2. Tyagi, Vidya Prakash. (2009). Martial Races of Undivided India, p. 282; India, Office of the Registrar General. (1965). Census of India, 1961, Vol. 7, p. 16.

More reading[change | edit source]

  • 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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