NATIVE LIFE IN TRAVANCORE
The REV. SAMUEL MATEER, F.L.S.
Of the London Missionary Society
THESE are a Tamil Sudra caste, never engaging in manual labour, but usually subsisting upon alms as religious mendicants.
They wander about singing songs and begging, sometimes officiating as priests. They are Purva Saivas, and worship Supramanian as their patron deity, also Ganesha and the SivaIingam. Some of them are intelligent and clever.
Their marriage ceremonies and rules resemble those of the Tamilians. The body is buried in a sitting posture, and facing the north.