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Tamil castes- their History, current Status & Distribution

I know this is a sensitive subject. But I was not brought up knowing anything about the caste system for Tamils. I googled Tamil Castes, hoping to find pages of hits with academic studies and blog posts on the subject. But I hit a wall. Most of the actual studies that are on google are about caste system for Sri Lankan Tamils. Then I found this.

It's a report by a Canadian refugee board, for the UN Refugee agency, and it is about:

"Castes for Tamils living in the State of Tamil Nadu; whether Tamils belong to a specific caste; whether they are related to the untouchables (Harijans or Dalits); whether they face any problems with other castes or with the authorities because they belong to a particular caste (2003 - December 2005)"

The report is about a specific set of issues dealing with caste, but this part caught my attention:

Quote:"Although no information could be found as to the specific names of the various castes found in Tamil Nadu,....."

There is literally no inventory (what's the right word?) of all the castes in TN? How about putting together a list of resources on this subject.

Edit: I just want to mention that there are good reasons why in order to eliminate a virus we need to first study it properly.

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To begin with, I found the names of the castes that are classified as SC and ST from the census website.

Source: http://censusindia.gov.in/Tables_Publish..._main.html

There are 76 scheduled castes and 36 scheduled tribes in TN. Full lists are in the attachments. Its a start. What remains are the OBC group of castes and the FC group of castes.


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Thanks for those links, Aditya and Geetha. The last one seemed comprehensive. I am amazed at the number of castes!

I just came across this news today: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/glo...rty-survey

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I've extracted the details from the links provided by Geetha and Aditya, and am posting the complete list of Backward and Scheduled castes from TN below.

List of Backward Classes approved by Government of Tamil Nadu

1. BACKWARD CLASSES

Agamudayar including Thozhu or Thuluva Vellala

Agaram Vellan Chettiar

Alwar, Azhavar and Alavar (in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District.)

Servai(except Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts.)

Ansar

Arayar, Nulayar(in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Archakarai Vellala

Aryavathi(in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Ayira Vaisyar

Badagar

Billava

Bondil

Boyas (except Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, The Nilgiris, Salem , Namakkal and Dharmapuri Districts). Pedda Boyar (except Tiruchirapalli, Karur , Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts) Oddars (except Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Madurai,Theni and Dindigul Districts) Kaloddars (except Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli, Karur Perambalur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Salem and Namakkal Districts) Nellorepet oddars (except Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts) Sooramari oddars ( except Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Chakkala (except Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram,Thanjavur Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul and the Nilgiris Districts)

Chavalakarar (in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Chettu or Chetty (including Kottar Chetty, Elur Chetty, Pathira Chetty,Valayal Chetty,Pudukadai Chetty ) ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Chowdry

Converts to Christianity from Scheduled Castes irrespective of the generation of conversion for the purpose of reservation of seats in Educational Institutions and for seats in Public Services

C.S.I formerly S.I.U.C (in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Donga Dasaris (except Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Tiruchirapalli,Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai Chennai ,Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Dekkani Muslims

Devangar, Sedar

Dombs (except Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli ,Karur and Perambalur Districts) Dommars (except Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Vellore and Thiruvannamalai Districts)

Dudekula

Enadi

Ezhavathy(in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Ezhuthachar (in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Ezhuva(in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Gangavar

Gavara, Gavarai and Vadugar(Vaduvar)(other than Kamma, Kapu,Balija and Reddi)

Gounder

Gowda (including Gammala, Kalali and Anuppa Gounder)

Hegde

Idiga

IllathuPillaimar, Illuvar, Ezhuvar and Illathar

Jhetty

Jogis (Except Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul Cuddalore, Villupuram, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts)

Kabbera

Kaikolar, Sengunthar

Kaladi (except Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanatha puram, Madurai,Theni,Dindigul,Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli, Karur and Perambalur Districts)

Kalari Kurup including Kalari Panicker (in Kanniyakumari District and Shenkottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Kalingi

Kallar, Easanattu kallar, Gandharva Kottai Kallars(except Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and pudukottai Districts) Kootappal Kallars-(except Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli, Karur and Perambalur Districts) Piramalai Kallars- (except Sivaganga,Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram. Madurai. Theni, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur Districts)Periyasooriyur Kallars- (except Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Kallar Kula Thondaman

Kalveli Gounder

Kambar

Kammalar or Viswakarma , Viswakarmala (including Thattar, Porkollar, Kannar, Karumar, Kollar, Thacher, Kal Thacher, Kamsala and Viswa brahmin.

Kani, Kanisu, Kaniyar Pannikar

Kaniyala Vellalar

Kannada Saineegar ,Kannadiyar (Throughout the State) and Dasapalanjika (Coimbatore, Erode and the Nilgiris Districts)

Kannadiya Naidu

Karpoora Chettiar

Karuneegar (Seer Karuneegar, Sri Karuneegar, Sarattu Karuneegar, Kaikatti Karuneegar, Mathuvazhi Kanakkar, Sozhi Kanakkar, and Sunnambu Karuneegar)

Kasukkara Chettiar

Katesar, Pattamkatti

Kavuthiyar

Kerala Mudali

Kharvi

Khatri

Kongu Vaishnava

Kongu Vellalars( including Vellala Gounder, Nattu Gounder, Narambukkatti Gounder, Tirumudi Vellalar, Thondu Vellalar, Pala Gounder, Poosari, Gounder, Anuppa Vellala Gounder, Kurumba Gounder, Padaithalai Gounder, Chendalai Gounder, Pavalankatti Vellala Gounder, Pallavellala GounderSanku,Vellala Gounder,and Rathinagiri Gounder).

KoppalaVelama

Koteyar

Krishnanvaka (in Kanniyakumari District and Shenkottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Kudikara Vellalar

Kudumbi ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shenkottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Kuga Vellalar

Kunchidigar

Labbais including Rowthar and Marakayar (whether their spoken language is Tamil or Urdu)

Lambadi

Latin Catholics (in Kanniyakumari District andShenkottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District)

Lingayat (Jangama)

Mahratta (Non-Brahmin) (including Namdev Mahratta)

Malayar

Male

Maniagar

Mapilla

Maravars (except Thanjavur, Nagapattinum , Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Toothukudi Districts) Karumaravars Appanad Kondayam kottai Maravars –(except Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Theni and Dindigul Districts.) Sambanad Maravars- (except Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, and Ramanathapuram Districts)

Moondrumandai Enbathunalu (84) Ur. Sozhia Vellalar

Mooppan

Muthuraja, Muthuracha, Muthiriyar, Mutharaiyar

Nadar, Shanar and Gramani ( including Christian Nadar, Christian Nadar, Christian Shanar and Christian Gramani )

Nagaram

Naikkar (in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Nangudi Vellalar

Nanjil Mudali ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Odar ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District

Odiya

Oottruvalanattu Vellalar

O.P.S. Vellalar

Ovachar

Paiyur Kotta Vellalar

Pamulu

Panar ( except in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District where the community is a Scheduled Caste )

Panisaivan ( including Virakodi Vellala )
**(Included in the List of OBC as per Central Govt. instruction Lr.No: 5783/BC1/95/3 Dt: 17.06.96.

Kathikarar in Kanniyakumari District

Pannirandam Chettiar or Uthama Chettiar

Parkavakulam ( including Surithimar, Nathamar, Malayamar, Moopanar and Nainar )

Perike ( including Perike Balija )

Perumkollar ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Podikara Vellalar

Pooluva Gounder

Poraya

Pulavar ( in Coimbatore and Erode Districts )

Pulluvar or Pooluva

Pusala

Reddy ( Ganjam )

Sadhu Chetty ( including Telugu Chetty, Twenty four Manai Telugu Chetty)

Sakkaravar or Kavathi ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Salivagana

Saliyar, Padmasaliyar, Pattusaliyar, Pattariyar, and Adhaviyar

Savalakkarar

Senaithalaivar, Senaikudiyar and Illaivaniar

Sheik

Sourashtra ( Patnulkarar )

Sozhiavellalar ( including Sozha Vellalar, Vetrilaikarar, Kodikalkarar and Keeraikarar )

Srisayar

Sundaram Chetty

Syed

Thogatta Veerakshatriya

Tholkollar ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Tholuva Naicker and Vetalakara Naicker

Thoraiyar

Thoriyar

Ukkirakula Kshatriya Naicker

Uppara, Uppillia and Sagara

Urali Gounder ( except Tiruchirapalli, Karur , Perambalur and Pudukottai District) and Orudaya Gounder or Oorudaya Gounder ( in Madurai ,Theni, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruchirapalli, Karur , Perambalur, Pudukottai, Salem and Namakkal Districts )

Urikkara Nayakkar

Vallambar

Valmiki

Vaniyar, Vania Chettiar ( including Gandla, Ganika, Telikula and Chekkalar)

Veduvar and Vedar ( except in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District where the community is a Scheduled Castes)

Veerasaiva ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Velar

Vellan Chettiar

Veluthodathu Nair ( in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District )

Vokkaligar ( including Vakkaligar, Okkaligar, Kappiliyar, Kappiliya, Okkaliga Gowda, Okkaliya- Gowda, Okkaliya- Gowder, Okkaliya Gowda )

Wynad Chetty ( The Nilgiris District )

Yadhava ( including Idaiyar, Telugu Speaking Idaiyar known as Vaduga Ayar or Vaduga Idaiyar or Golla and Asthanthra Golla )

Yavana

Yerukula

Converts to Chritianity from any Hindu Backward Classes Community or Most Backward Classes Community or Denotified Communities except the Converts to Christianity from Meenavar, Parvatharajakulam, Pattanavar, Sembadavar, Mukkuvar or Mukayar and Paravar

Orphans and destitute children who have lost their parents before reaching the age of ten and are destitutes; and who have nobody else to take care of them either by law or custom; and also who are admitted into any of the schools or orphanages run by the Government or recognized by the Government.


2. MOST BACKWARD CLASSES

Ambalakarar

Andipandaram

Bestha, Siviar

Bhatraju ( other than Kshatriya Raju )

Boyar, Oddar

Dasari

Dommara

Eravallar ( except in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District where the community is a Scheduled Tribe )

Isaivellalar

Jambuvanodai

Jangam

Jogi

Kongu Chettiar ( in Coimbatore and Erode Districts only)

Koracha

Kulala (including Kuyavar and Kumbarar )

Kunnuvar Mannadi

Kurumba

Kuruhini Chetty

Maruthuvar, Navithar, Mangala, Velakattalavar, Velakatalanair and Pronopakari

Mond Golla

Moundadan Chetty

Mahendra, Medara

Mutlakampatti

Narikoravar

Nokkar

Vanniakula Kshatriya ( including Vanniyar, Vanniya, Vannia Gounder, Gounder or Kander, Padayachi, Palli and Agnikula Kshatriya )

Paravar ( except in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District where the Community is Scheduled Caste ) ( including converts to Christianity)

Meenavar ( Parvatharajakulam, Pattanavar, Sembadavar) ( including converts to Christianity )

Mukkuvar or Mukayar ( including converts to Christianity

Punnan Vettuva Gounder

Pannayar ( other than Kathikarar in Kanniyakumari District )

Sathatha Srivaishnava ( including Sathani, Chattadi and Chattada Srivaishnava )

Sozhia Chetty

Telugupatty Chetty

Thottia Naicker ( including Rajakambalam, Gollavar, Sillavar, Thockalavar and Thozhuva Naicker )

Thondaman

Valaiyar ( including Chettinad Valayars )

Vannar ( Salavai Thozhilalar ) ( including Agasa, Madivala, Ekali, Rajakula, Veluthadar and Rajaka) (except in Kanniyakumari District and Shencottah Taluk of Tirunelveli District where the community is a Scheduled Caste )

Vettaikarar

Vettuva Gounder

Yogeeswarar

3. DENOTIFIED COMMUNITIES

Attur Kilnad Koravars ( Salem,Namakkal, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga and Virudhunagar Districts )

Attur Melnad Koravars ( Salem and Namakkal District )

Appanad Kondayam kottai Maravar ( Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai,Theni and Dindigul Districts )

Ambalakarar ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Ambalakkarar ( Suriyanur, Tiruchirapalli District)

Boyas ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, The Nilgiris, Salem Namakkal and Dharmapuri Districts)

Battu Turkas

C.K. Koravars ( Cuddalore and Villupuram Districts )

Chakkala ( Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Pudukottai Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Madurai , Theni, Dindigul and the Nilgiris Districts )

Changyampudi Koravars ( Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts )

Chettinad Valayars ( Sivaganga, Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram Districts )

Dombs ( Pudukottai,Tiruchirapalli, Karur and Perambalur Districts )

Dobba Koravars ( Salem and Namakkal Districts )

Dommars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts )

Donga Boya

Donga Ur.Korachas

Devagudi Talayaris

Dobbai Korachas ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Dabi Koravars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts)

Donga Dasaris ( Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Chennai, Salem and Namakkal Districts )

Gorrela Dodda Boya

Gudu Dasaris

Gandarvakottai Koravars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur,Perambalur, Pudukottai Cuddalore and Villupuram Districts )

Gandarvakottai Kallars (Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur and Pudukottai Districts )

Inji Korvars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Jogis ( Kancheepuram,Tiruvallur, Chennai, Cuddalore, Villupuram, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts )

Jambavanodai

Kaladis ( Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai,Theni, Dindigul, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Pudukottai,Tiruchirapalli, Karur and Perambalur Districts )

Kal Oddars ( Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul,Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam,Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur,Perambalur, Tirunelveli, Toothukudi, Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Koravars ( Kancheepuram , Tiruvallur, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Pudukottai,Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Thiravarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukadi, Chennai,Madurai, Theni, Dindigul and The Nilgiris Districts )

Kalinji Dabikoravars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Pudukottai Districts )

Kootappal Kallars ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Kala Koravars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Kalavathila Boyas

Kepmaris ( Kancheepuram,Tiruvallur, Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli, Karur and Perambalur Districts )

Maravars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Tirunelveli and Toothukudi Districts )

Monda Koravars

Monda Golla ( Salem and Namakkal Districts )

Mutlakampatti ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Nokkars ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Nellorepet Oddars ( Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts)

Oddars ( Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli,Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Madurai, Theni and Dindigul Districts )

Pedda Boyas ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Ponnai Koravars ( Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts )

Piramalai Kallars ( Sivaganga, Virudhunagar, Ramanathapuram, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam and Tiruvarur Districts )

Peria Suriyur Kallars ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Padayachi ( Vellayan Kuppam in Cuddalore District and Tennore in Tiruchirapalli District )

Punnan Vettuva Gounder ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Servai ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts )

Salem Melnad Koravars (Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Coimbatore, Erode, Pudukottai, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Salem, Namakkal, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts)

Salem Uppu Koravars (Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Sakkaraithamadai Koravars (Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts)

Saranga Palli Koravars

Sooramari Oddars (Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Sembanad Maravars (Sivaganga, Virudunagar and Ramanathapuram Districts)

Thalli Koravars(Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Telungapattti Chettis (Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Thottia Naickers (Sivaganga , Virudunagar, Ramanathapuram, Kancheepuram,Tiruvallur, Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai. Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Salem, Namakkal,Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore and Erode Districts)

Thogamalai Koravars orKepmaris (Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Uppukoravars or Settipalli Koravars (Thanjavur, Nagapattinam , Tiruvarur, Pudukottai, Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai Districts)

Urali Gounders (Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Wayalpad or Nawalpeta Korachas

Vaduvarpatti Koravars (Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Ramanathapuram, Sivaganga, Virudunagar, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Valayars (Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur, Pudukottai,Erode and Coimbatore Districts)

Vettaikarar (Thanjavur, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur and Pudukottai Districts)

Vetta Koravars (Salem and Namakkal Districts)

Varaganeri Koravars ( Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)

Vettuva Gounder (Tiruchirapalli, Karur, Perambalur and Pudukottai Districts)


List of notified Scheduled Castes

1 Adi Andhra
2 Adi Dravida
3 Adi Karnataka
4 Ajila
5 Arunthathiyar
6 Ayyanavar (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
7 Baira
8 Bakuda
9 Bandi
10 Bellara
11 Bharatar (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
12 Chakkiliyan
13 Chalavadi
14 Chamar, Muchi
15 Chandala
16 Cheruman
17 Devendrakulathan
18 Dom, Dombara, Paidi, Pano
19 Domban
20 Godagali
21 Godda
22 Gosangi
23 Holeya
24 Jaggali
25 Jambuvulu
26 Kadaiyan
27 Kakkalan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
28 Kalladi
29 Kanakkan, Padanna (in the Nilgiris district)b
30 Karimpalan
31 Kavara (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
32 Koliyan
33 Koosa
34 Kootan, Koodan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
35 Kudumban
36 Kuravan, Sidhanar
37 Madari
38 Madiga
39 Maila
40 Mala
41 Mannan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
42 Mavilan
43 Moger
44 Mundala
45 Nalakeyava
46 Nayadi
47 Padannan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)a
48 Pagadai
49 Pallan
50 Palluvan
51 Pambada
52 Panan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)a
53 Panchama
54 Pannadi
55 Panniandi
56 Paraiyan, Parayan, Sambavar
57 Paravan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
58 Pathiyan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)a
59 Pulayan, Cheramar
60 Puthirai Vannan
61 Raneyar
62 Samagara
63 Samban
64 Sapari
65 Semman
66 Thandan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)
67 Thoti
68 Tiruvalluvar
69 Vallon
70 Valluvan
71 Vannan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)a
72 Vathiriyan
73 Velan
74 Vetan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)a
75 Vettiyan
76 Vettuvan (in Kanyakumari district and Shenkottah taluk of Tirunelveli district)a
The entry is to be read as “in Kanniyakumari district and Shencottah taluk of Tirunelveli district".

Pondicherry

1 Adi Andhra
2 Adi Dravida
3 Chakkiliyan
4 Jambuvulu
5 Kuravan
6 Madiga
7 Mala, Mala Masti
8 Paky
9 Pallan
10 Parayan, Sambavar
Samban
Thoti
13 Valluvan
14 Vetan
15 Vettiyan

"Fossil rabbits in the Precambrian"
~ J.B.S.Haldane, on being asked to falsify evolution.
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RE: Tamil castes- their History, current Status & Distribution

Ajita, the Pondicherry bit at the end does not belong in this list!

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