AMBALAVASI is a generic name for a group of castes among
* 1 Castes and professions
* 1.1 Chakyar * 1.2 Pushpakas * 1.3 Others
* 2 Notable people * 3 References
CASTES AND PROFESSIONS
The castes which comprised the
Ambalavasi community each contained
only a few members. They lived in villages either where the land was
owned solely by one
The temples in which they worked comprised four basic types:
* Those in sanketams were large and were dedicated to deities which
were worshipped throughout India, such as
A brief description of each of these castes, some of which in some areas at one time or another had access to sexual relations with Nair women, are given below:
The Chakyar are the third highest-ranked of the Ambalavasis in ritual terms, along with the Pushpagans. They recited stories from the Puranas.
* Nambiar * Marar , who act as temple musicians and sweepers * Pisharodi * Poduval * Warrier
* ^ A B C D E F G H I J Gough, E. Kathleen (1961). "Nayars: Central Kerala". In Schneider, David Murray; Gough, E. Kathleen. Matrilineal Kinship. University of California Press. pp. 309–311. ISBN 978-0-520-02529-5 . * ^ A B C Fuller, Christopher J. (1976). The Nayars Today. Cambridge University Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-52129-091-3 . * ^ Fuller, Christopher J. (1976). The Nayars Today. Cambridge University Press. p. 13. ISBN 978-0-52129-091-3 .