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Mythological and Historical Background of the Valayar
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affinal kin Alagar Ambalakarans animal barber betel-nut and betel-leaves boys Brahmin bride's village caste council caste groups cattle celebration ceremony Chembasi Valayar chief mourner child Chinnalapatti clan deity clansfolk cloth coconut Coimbatore community deities couple daughter deities dhoti divorce fee drum-beaters economic elopement extra-marital relations father festival girl Gounder groom's family groom's party Hindu husband invited jallikattu Kali Kallar Kambili Kannappa karagams Karupasi Karuppuchamy kilometres kinship kodangi live Lord Siva Madurai district male marriage married meat mother mother's brother Muthyalamma Mutracha Muttiriyans natal family non-Valaya North Arcot offered puja person Piranmalai pongal pre-marital puja pujari Rameswaram Ramnad district relationship religious residence rice ritual samiyadis Saragu sari scheduled castes Sendhi shrine Singampidari sister social takes place tali Tamil Nadu Tanjore temple Thandal thenai Tiruchirapalle tonsure turmeric Valaya community Valaya groups Valayapatti Valayar Valayar of Valayapatti Vannia washerman widow wife woman women worship