Introduction / History
The Maravar of India speak, read and write in Tamil. A few speak English. They were classed as the Most Backward Class but are not classed as untouchables. They are not vegetarians but do not eat beef. Rice is their favorite cereal. Cigarettes are smoked by them and they drink alcohol. The Sembinattu Maravar are looked on as being superior by them because of their royalty links.
Usually Maravar males marry in their early twenties and females in their late teens. They have cross cousin marriages and divorce is allowed. By inheritance the oldest son becomes in charge of the home. Women do housework and paid work. Most Maravar work in agriculture and the majority of them are landowners. Some do other work and they do not have child labor. Caste councils settle disagreements. Most of them are Hindus but some are Christians.
The Maravar in Kerala migrated from Tamil Nadu. The deceased are buried or are cremated.
The Maravar in Tamil Nadu believe in having their children educated and use modern medicines. There are businessmen among them as well as office workers. There are military people among them too. They have an Association that helps the community.
* Pray that God gives the Maravar dreams and visions leading them to Jesus
* Pray that the Sembinattu Maravar who are highly regarded among them become Christians and lead others of the Maravar to Jesus Christ.
Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999
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