Maravar (also known as Maravan and Marava) are a Tamil community of the state of Tamil Nadu, southern India, and are one of the three branches of the Mukkulathor confederacy. Members of the Maravar community often use the honorific title Thevar. Etymology The term Maravar has diverse proposed etymologies; it may come simply from a Tamil word maravar (warrior), or a term meaning "bravery". Maravar also refers to thieves or robbers since their history included highway robbery. References
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