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Interesting Caste structure in Kerala in olden days -The Nambudiris represented the highest rank, privileged to enter the sanctum sanctorum of the temples, touch idols and perform oblations. Even the Kshatriya was not allowed this privilege. The Nambudiris followed the rule of primogeniture, that is, the eldest son of the family inherited the property. And to keep the property intact, only the eldest son was allowed to marry, that too from within the caste. For the convenience of the younger sons, a peculiar system called 'Sambandham' a morganatic marriage with Nair or Kshatriya women

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Asked by venkatesaldevarajan, 10 Jul '11 03:33 pm
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Olden days caste (political) structure.. is something our Italian Lady is making the Laws to protect her power and treasure of the Land.. It was mainly to keep the Political Control and Wealth of the Land. and the Social structure was also designed towards controling of the Power.. those days the decision making authority was mainly Brahmins i.e. the Priest and the King..and common man did not hv any say.. just like we only hv right to vote and the representative makes laws for us..whether we endrose it or not.

Caste structure of then the ruling laws of the society.
Answered by Sharmila Bose, 10 Jul '11 04:01 pm

 
  
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Actually the Brahmins of Kerala and Tamilnadu are the progeny of Brahmins of North who trecked to South when Emperor Ashoka the Great converted to Buddhism. Having got the Rajaashraye from Ashoka, many Hindus converted to Buddhism especially the lower castes like Vaishyas (3rd) and Shudra (4th) as they suffered at the hands of Kshatriyas (2nd) and Brahmins (1st).
That was a time when it can be said truly that 'Hinduism was in danger'.
To save Sanatan Dharm, Brahmins migrated to the southern tip which was NOT under Ashoka's raj (today's Tamilnadu and part of Kerala).
In South, in those days various tribals of Dravidian origin lived and did not oppose or resist the advent of Brahmins from North, into their territory. Huge temples were built on the behest of these Brahmins, who wanted to re-establish Hinduism i.e. Sanatan Dharm in a big way. They even brought with them names like Mathura, which eventually became Madurai. As time passed on, Brahmins established Sanatan Dharm the way ...more
Answered by QueSera Sera, 10 Jul '11 04:24 pm

 
  
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Not ok
Answered by johny baba, 10 Jul '11 04:45 pm

 
  
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That GOD for comrade EMS in our early days since independence.
Answered by A Moin, 10 Jul '11 04:17 pm

 
  
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Like other parts of India Kerala too had followed the Chathur varnam (Four categories with different status and duties) one of the very efficient method of administration with minimum efforts and maximum work out put. The small population of Namboodiris alone were considered as Brahmins- not even Iyers. Naturally they were Poojaris, tantric, Gurus etc for the rulers. Kshathriyas were supposed to be next, well built, strong, healthy and were given the duty of safeguarding the property and freedom of the state. Vysias were to be agriculturists and producers of food and other crops and lastly Sudras were to be assistants to Kshtriyas and Vysyas and had to keep certain distance from others. Even with the defects in the system, the advantage was the functioning of the machinery like a well oiled engine or say the human body each part contributing its assigned duty exemplarily. Marriages were allowed et' Brahmins and Kshtriyas, though no right for the property of the Brahmin father. The g ...more
Answered by Arakuzha Ramachandran, 10 Jul '11 03:58 pm

 
  
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Some interesting facts
given by you
Answered by anil garg, 12 Jul '11 04:01 pm

 
  
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It is there in tamilnadu also
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 12 Jul '11 03:41 pm

 
  
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Thanks.!!
Answered by R, 10 Jul '11 03:36 pm

 
  
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