Kurichiya Women of Kerala - Tradition, and Modernity

  • K P Sany Research Scholar in History, Department of Kerala Studies, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4274-7711
Keywords: Kurichiya Women, Tradition, Modernity customs, Scheduled Tribes, Tribal women, Manu, Wayanad


The status of tribal women has been like a moving equilibrium at various times and in various parts of the globe. It has sometimes been liberal and other times of constraint and subordination. With regard to India, gradual variations are marked in the works of vedic, puranic medieval and modem age writers. The (constitution of India guarantees several rights to Scheduled Tribes including women. Various studies on the South Indian tribals have always been ignored tribal women though they continue to constitute half of the tribal population. Predominantly, the male bias remained largely unrestricted as such studies were by a large, carried out by the males. The latter extracted information from male respondents, as the women were comparatively difficult to approach due to their inherent reluctance for the purpose.1 Hence, the world’s view of tribal women, regarding their own position in society, could not be put forth. Women have been playing a significant role in the society and culture and will continue to do the same in future. Even when the intimate relation of man and women is accepted and women have been occupying a very prominent status in the social milieu, the treatment of men and women has been differentiated in social structure as well as social organization.