Socio cultural and agricultural practices of kurichiyan tribe in Wayanad: A historical analysis
Sanal VR, Muhammed Atheeque PP
Kurichiyar are a matrilineal tribe of Kerala distributed mainly in wayanad and Kannur districts of Kerala, India. They are one of the Scheduled Tribes of Kerala practicing agriculture. The Kurichiya consider themselves higher than all other social groups around them, to include even the Brahmin. They observe the "highest levels of ritual purity", considering even the touch of a Nambuthiri Brahmin to be polluting. Joint family system is common among the Kurichiyan. Society is divided into lineages headed by lineage heads. They are experts in hunting. Untouchability is prevalent among them. Majority of Kurichiyar possess some land. They are forward in educational status than other tribal communities. Present study delas with socio cultural and agricultural practices of kuruchiyan tribe.