Introduction / History
The Malasar are a respected tribe from the state of Kerala. They speak to each other in a mixture of the Malayam and Tamil languages. They eat wild yams and rice. They cultivate ragi and many other kinds of millets.
The Malasar live in hamlets called Pathis and prefer to live in the plains. A village leader called Vendari does the administrative work helped by a Panchayat council.
The Malasar look strong. They do not look like others in the region. They work as laborers in the field and do such things as collecting forest produce.
Marriage is regarded highly among the Malasar. Child marriage is not allowed but adult marriage is common. Their culture has many rituals and rites. They celebrate when a girl comes to puberty and are known to bury the dead with their belongings.
What are Their Beliefs?
They worship gods called Kali, Malung and Mariamman. They sacrifice goats and other animals as they believe this is needed to please these gods. They sacrifice in April once a year.
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