EZHAVAS OF KERALA WERE THE ANCIENT SRILANKAN TAMIL BUDDHISTS ?

Sep 2015
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The Ezhavas is the largest Hindu Caste in the present Kerala State ,The Ezhavas, is known historically as the followers of Buddhism. The revival of Hinduism under Adi Sankaracharya would not have put the Ezhavas on the defensive at least during his life time . But Aryan migration along with Nairs and the Brahmanical twists and turns posed a real challenge to them. By the time Brahmanical rites and temple-centred rules of life and living gained ascendancy,in Kerala around 8-9AD the Ezhavas found themselves being pushed into the very margins of the society.
The most distressing factor that contributed to the social decline was the support extended to the Numbudiri Brahmins by the Local rulers and the terrorising Nairs under their command . The Ezhavas were systematically side-tracked and finally made as "untouchables". By the 18th and 19th centuries practices of untouchability and unapproachability had turned Kerala into a "Lunatic Asylum". according to Swami Vivekanander !
Ezhavas bore the brunt of this violent form of Discrimination by The Nairs of "Naga Tribe" From Ahichatra of UP/Nepal. They had to pay Head Tax, [Thalakkaram], while Ezhava women were forced to pay Breast Tax, [Mulakkaram].. Education was denied to Ezhava children. Schools run by the Government from public funds to which Ezhavas also contributed through taxes, were inaccessible to them. But admission was easy to educational institutions run by Christian Missionaries and this opportunity was excellently availed of by the Ezhavas who became Christians. Malabar, which came under direct British supremacy in 1792, was an exception. The British couldn't care less about Caste with the result that a large number of Ezhavas and Tiyas achieved important positions in the Administrative structure of that region.
I strongly suspect Ancient Tamil Budditsts in Ancient Srilanka were Ezhavas of Chera Nadu---That is why Srilanka was known in Sangam Literature as "Ezham"-----It is well known it was Ruled by a Velir Chieftians under the Chera Kings--it was also known as" Cheran Tivu" [Island of Cheras-]-Hence Abab traders called it "Serendip" !
I Am not an Linguist or Philologist but i guess the Singhala Language was originated from "Prakritised Tamil" [ because of the Pali Scriptures] Like the Malayalam from"Sanskritised Tamil" :winktongue:
Any comments about my "Hypothesis" will be very much apreciated !
 
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kandal

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Aug 2015
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There are facts and fiction in what you wrote.
Ezhavas were native to Kerala like others. Exceptions are the Brahmins.
 

Aupmanyav

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I do not think all Kerla brahmins are from North India. In the assimilation, many of the local shamans must also have been designated as brahmins.
 
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There are facts and fiction in what you wrote.
Ezhavas were native to Kerala like others. Exceptions are the Brahmins.
Unfortunately your meager knowledge doesn't reflect the reality. Ezhvas have heavy (so called) 'Eastern European' ancestory. So thechnically they are also 'outsiders'.
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This guy is a Kerala Namboodari brahmin. He could be prototyoe of so called 'Dravidian' race.

I do not think all Kerla brahmins are from North India. In the assimilation, many of the local shamans must also have been designated as brahmins.
Shamans became Vedic brahmins !
Even S of shamand won't be included in the exclusive club. Brahmins detest shamans.
 
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The Ezhavas is the largest Hindu Caste in the present Kerala State ,The Ezhavas, is known historically as the followers of Buddhism. The revival of Hinduism under Adi Sankaracharya would not have put the Ezhavas on the defensive at least during his life time . But Aryan migration along with Nairs and the Brahmanical twists and turns posed a real challenge to them. By the time Brahmanical rites and temple-centred rules of life and living gained ascendancy,in Kerala around 8-9AD the Ezhavas found themselves being pushed into the very margins of the society.
The most distressing factor that contributed to the social decline was the support extended to the Numbudiri Brahmins by the Local rulers and the terrorising Nairs under their command . The Ezhavas were systematically side-tracked and finally made as "untouchables". By the 18th and 19th centuries practices of untouchability and unapproachability had turned Kerala into a "Lunatic Asylum". according to Swami Vivekanander !
Ezhavas bore the brunt of this violent form of Discrimination by The Nairs of "Naga Tribe" From Ahichatra of UP/Nepal. They had to pay Head Tax, [Thalakkaram], while Ezhava women were forced to pay Breast Tax, [Mulakkaram].. Education was denied to Ezhava children. Schools run by the Government from public funds to which Ezhavas also contributed through taxes, were inaccessible to them. But admission was easy to educational institutions run by Christian Missionaries and this opportunity was excellently availed of by the Ezhavas who became Christians. Malabar, which came under direct British supremacy in 1792, was an exception. The British couldn't care less about Caste with the result that a large number of Ezhavas and Tiyas achieved important positions in the Administrative structure of that region.
I strongly suspect Ancient Tamil Budditsts in Ancient Srilanka were Ezhavas of Chera Nadu---That is why Srilanka was known in Sangam Literature as "Ezham"-----It is well known it was Ruled by a Velir Chieftians under the Chera Kings--it was also known as" Cheran Tivu" [Island of Cheras-]-Hence Abab traders called it "Serendip" !
I Am not an Linguist or Philologist but i guess the Singhala Language was originated from "Prakritised Tamil" [ because of the Pali Scriptures] Like the Malayalam from"Sanskritised Tamil" :winktongue:
Any comments about my "Hypothesis" will be very much apreciated !
My head is spinning after reading your post. I don't know how did you manage to dump too many absurd theories in single post.

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Actually women had to remove the upper garment before entering temples. Bare breasts were not considered 'shameful' or 'erotic' in traditional Kerala.
 
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Dīkṣitar தீக்ஷிதர் [Wikipaedia]


1909 photograph depicting the traditional Dīkṣitar munkuḍumi, alternately known as pūrvaśikhā, and in English, a forelock
Varna BrahminClassification Pancha DravidaVeda Ṛgveda (Āśvalāyana recension)
Yajurveda (Baudhāyana recension)Religions HinduismLanguages Tamil, SanskritCountry India Original state Tamil Nadu Related groups Iyer Brahmin, Nambūdiri Brahmin, Śōḻiya BrahminKingdom (original) Chola Empire
Dikshitar; Hindi: दीक्षित), is a HinduBrahmin family name.
The word is an adjectival form of the Sanskrit word diksha, meaning provider of knowledge. Dikshita in Sanskrit derives itself as a person involved in scientific studies, and literally translates as "one who has received initiation or one who is initiated". Historically, Dixit name has been usually associated with professions related to knowledge, generally used among teachers and scholars. The word dixitmeans the one who has been initiated. The Dikshit/Dixit surname is usually associated with upper-class Hindu Brahmins in India especially in North India.
In the ancient days, Brahmins were associated with the rituals and Vedic Yajnas, and performed the same. Since these rituals were much complicated affairs, and needed a vast study of religious texts, they had to spend quite a few years on this vocation to specialize. Thus derived their family names. Dixit Brahmins are residing in the Uttar Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and many of them belong to “Kaanya Kubja” lineage, some are there in Maharashtra also.
There were some who were initiated to performed long Yajnas, one year , two year or even many year long Yajnas; they were initiated into the same, and had to undergo the rules for the entire period. Hence, to differentiate them from others, they were called as dixit, or the initiated, so that they do not indulge in other worldly affairs, and devote their time to the Yajnas they were booked to perform.
It is the same with the Vajpayee brahmins,, who excelled in performing Vajpeya, a shraut Yajna. There are some brahmins with the surname of “Soma Yaaji” or those, who performed the Soma Yajna. There is one such title of “Yajwaa”, the one who performs the Yajna.
The most common such title is the “Agnihotri “, one who performs the daily rituals of offering to Fire God. There are Brahmins with the title Hotaa”, who belonged to the tradition of Rigveda, in the Yajnas. Then there are Satpathy, who relied on the Shatpath Brahamanam.The word is an adjective form of the sanskrit word diksha, meaning provider of knowledge. Dikshit in Sanskrit derives itself as a person involved in scientific studies, and literally translates as "one who has received initiation or one who is initiated".
In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the famous Nataraja temple of Chidambaramis managed and administered hereditarily by a class of Vaidika Brahmins called Chidambaram Dikshitar whom, legends say, were brought here, from Mt. Kailas, by Saint Patanjali, specifically for the performance of the daily rituals and maintenance of the Chidambaram temple.

Now over to the True Vedic Brahmin schloars of India--- like Aup ji:(

NB-- In late tamil literature the term "Dravidian" is understood as Vedic Brahmins !
 
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Aupmanyav

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This guy is a Kerala Namboodari brahmin. He could be prototyoe of so called 'Dravidian' race.

Shamans became Vedic brahmins !
Even S of shaman won't be included in the exclusive club. Brahmins detest shamans.
If the person in your phtograph is a Namboodari brahmin, then you should accept that indigenous shamans were included among brahmins - just as the nagavamshi and agnivamshi kshatriyas were accepted in that category. As mentioned repeatedly, even VedaVyasa was of mixed origin. It was not all that exclusive in the beginning. Remember, people could change their 'varnas'.
Bare breasts were not considered 'shameful' or 'erotic' in traditional Kerala.
Or in many other places in India as well. Moreover, most female breasts are not very interesting either.
 

Aupmanyav

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The word is an adjectival form of the Sanskrit word diksha, meaning provider of knowledge. Dikshita in Sanskrit derives itself as a person involved in scientific studies, and literally translates as "one who has received initiation or one who is initiated". Historically, Dixit name has been usually associated with professions related to knowledge, generally used among teachers and scholars. The word dixit means the one who has been initiated. The Dikshit/Dixit surname is usually associated with upper-class Hindu Brahmins in India especially in North India.

Now over to the True Vedic Brahmin schloars of India -- like Aup ji :(
:DAll brahmins who studied Vedas were 'Dikshitars' (i.e., initiated, twice born). That is the 'Yajnopavita/Upanayana Samskara' (the Sacred Thread ceremony), beginning of the Vedic studies, which lasted from 7 years of age to 25 years (generally, after that it was the time to enter 'Grihastha Ashram', take on one's responsibilities, marry, raise a family because without that the ancestors are thrown out of heaven, take care of the elders in the family, etc.). The caste names were/are many. As you said (I will talk only about North India since I am not much familiar with things in South India, though the information is available in Wikipedia), Rigvedis, Somayajis, Yajurvedis, Dwivedis (knowing two Vedas), Trivedis (three), Chaturvedis (all the four), Varshneyas, Agnihotries, the common brahmin designations as Sharma, Bhatt, Mishras, and names based on lineages (Bhargavas, Atris, Bharadwajas) etc. Then there are local caste names like Kauls, Nehrus, Tikkus, Reus, etc. among Kashmiri Brahmins.
 
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