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12: BOHRA MUSLIMS

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Bohra Muslims came to Kochi from Gujarat via Alappuzha. They are the only Muslim community in Kochi that follows Shiite Islam, one of the two major Islamic sects. The name Bohra evolve from in Gujarati word Vehru, which means the trade.

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11: THANGALS

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Before the advent of the European forces, Kochi had robust trade relationships with the Arabian Peninsula. The Thangal family, which traces its lineage all the way back to Prophet Muhammed is a proud bearer of this Arab legacy.

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10: MALABARI JEWS

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Kochi was once home to a thriving Jewish population. It is believed that the forefathers of Malabari Jews were from Babylon who initially settled in Muziris which then was a happening international port. After destruction of port, they migrated to Kochi.

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09: FOREIGN JEWS

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Kochi is home to both Malabari and Foreign Jewish communities. According to the oral traditions, it was the destruction of erstwhile Muziris port that led the Jews to migrate into Kochi. Upon reaching Kochi, the King gifted them a place to settle.

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08: ANGLO LUSO INDIANS

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Luso Indians are of Indo-Portuguese origin. Before the arrival of the Dutch, the Portuguese were in power in Kochi. The Luso Indian race was born when Portuguese men, who took the long and hazardous journey to Kochi married local women.

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07: KASHMIRIS

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As political turbulence in Kashmir heightened in the early 90s many decided to migrate to other parts of the world. For some of them Kochi became an option as during those time the place was slowly developing in a tourism hotspot.

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06: KONKANI SONARS

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Also known as Daivanja Brahmin, is a Hindu caste working as goldsmiths. Their forefathers, like the other Konkani speaking communities fled Portuguese inquisition and settled in Kochi. They made ornaments for all irrespective of caste and religious differences.

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05: KONKANI VYSHYAS

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Konkani Vyshyas is a Hindu trading caste which descended from Goa. They are settled mostly in Fort Kochi area. The half a mile stretch that the community inhibits has seven temples which play an important role in the social live of Vyshyas.

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04: KONKANI KUDUMBI

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Kudumbi is a farming community that has its roots in Goa. They are different from the other communities they are the only non-vegetarian Konkani community in Kochi. It could be possibly be this community that introduced Pokkali cultivation.

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03: NAINAS MUSLIMS

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Nainas are a Muslim community that claims Arab descend. According to the oral legends, the forefathers of the Nainas came from a place named Ninavah, a small town near Mosul in present day Iraq. They have retained traces of their Arabic origin.

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02: VELLALA PILLAIS

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Vellala Pillais community traces their lineage back to Kumbhakonam in Tamil Nadu. It is believed they migrated to Kochi from Kozhikode. The members believe the present day Pillais are the descendants of those who migrated to Kochi with Muthaliyar.

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01: GAUD SARASWAT BRAHMINS

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Gaud Saraswat Brahmins traces its lineage back to the Konkan coast. Multiple historical records suggest, they are the descendants of migrants from Goa during 16th to 18th centuries, fleeing forceful religious conversions by the Portuguese.

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