Nairs is an indigenous Hindu caste,it is category of castes rather than a single caste.
Nairs is an indigenous Hindu caste, which is anthropologically defined as named category of castes rather than being a single caste. They form a considerable swordsmen and military caste from the west coast of India.
However many anthropologists believe that they are people belonging to the Dravidian stock who might have mixed with Brahmins. Often Nair is used to refer to the aristocratic class. The majority of Nduvazhi chief (feudal landlords) in and around the Kingdom of Cochin were Nairs.
Some of these castes were Non-Brahmin of the highest order holding land by birth. They use to follow a matrilineal system of inheritance. But in Kochi there are a good number of Nair sub-castes who did not belonged to the aristocratic class.
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION BY BIJU IBRAHIM: COMMUNITIES OF KOCHI
Places have souls and Mattancherry in the city of Kochi has a mystic one. Biju Ibrahim discovered this while documenting the lives of Kochi’s 38 communities through black and white pictures. Distinct in layers of identities – caste, faith, language, ethnicity and region – these communities have been welcomed over centuries and have, in turn, infused Mattancherry and Kochi with a rare and rich heritage. Historically, it has been home to Muslims, Christians, Jews and Hindus. The sea and port attracted sailors, traders from Arabia and Gujarat, preachers of Semitic faiths, colonisers such as the Dutch and Portuguese, political refugees and migrant labourers. A cross-section of India lives here in a radius of 5 kilometers.
He captures the essence of rustic geographies, the people who are now becoming archive of the earth, the mythic & mystery of spaces & places, alleys of now filled with the density of then or before.
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