A definitive and detailed study of the history of Kerala in the age of the Cera kingdom of Mahodayapuram or Makotai, Perumals of Kerala is a pioneer in hisorical. AD ) | M.G.S. NARAYANAN, Perumals of Kerala: Brahmin Oligarchy and Ritual Monarchy, Political and Social Conditions of Kerala under the Cera. Perumals were rulers from outside Kerala, history suggests that Parasurama invited Perumals who were Kshatriyas. They ruled the sixty-four joint Brahmin.

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It is here that he deviates widely from the construction of Pillai, who had conceived a democratic structure in which both Brahmins and non-Brahmins had equal place. In the same manner, although the hymns such as AdiyulaTiruvarur Mummanikkovaiand Ponvannattantadi of the royal Saiva devotee, Cheraman Perumal Nayanar, and Perumal Tirumozhi and Mukundamala of Kulasekhara Azhvar were known to devotees and historians, it is here that they are rehabilitated in the history of Kerala against a south Indian background.

He shows that the story that Parasurama reclaimed land from the sea and donated it to Oerala is seen all over the west coast, from Gujarat down, and sees it as an indication of a gradual southward migration of Brahmins along the west coast, carrying with them the Parasurama tradition.

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The jurisdiction of the Perumal was confined to Mahodayapuram and its environs. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Bindu marked it as to-read Apr 26, Progress in the fields of science and literature, emergence of the Malayalam language, cultural and religious advancement achieved through institutions such keralz temples and schools and movements such as the Bhakti movement, hospitals and banks that remind one of a welfare state, democratic and autonomous bodies of local government, pieces of legislation aimed at ensuring the security of tenant farmers, other programmes intended to ensure social justice —Pillai did not leave out any ingredient in the recipe for golden ages prescribed by nationalist historians.


Sreenath marked it as to-read Jan 25, Apart from making the inscriptions, many of which the author discovered and deciphered, speak louder and clearer than earlier, he also uses literary texts such as Mushikavamsakavya or scientific treatises such as Laghubhaskariyavyakhya for historical reconstruction in any serious manner. Priyank Chauhan marked it as to-read Dec 07, No trivia or quizzes yet. Joson Manavalan marked it as to-read Aug 16, Narayanan shows that this was another vyavastha typically on the lines lerala the Dharmasastras.

Perumals of Kerala

Alternatively, it is likely that certain people of Kerala followed the matrilineal system just as many tribal and eprumals people elsewhere in the world. Above these village assemblies were the assembly of the natuidentified in the hundred organisations, and the multi-tiered democracy went on like this.

Both conform to the framework petumals which the political formation is analysed. In examining these aspects, the insights of writers such as D. So also, the devadasi system was shown as sharing features with its counterparts all over India and as having nothing to do with any war. The range of sources used in the study is astounding.

So also, perumxls when he rejects the story of the yearly Perumals, he does not throw overboard many statements about the Perumals of Mahodayapuram.

To ask other readers questions about Perumals of Keralaplease sign up. He shows that the last of the rulers, Rama Kulasekhara, went up to A.

An examination of the inscriptions, a vast majority of which are from temples and relating to brahmasvam and devasvammade it clear that Brahmin ownership of land in Kerala was at least as old as the age of the Perumals.

There is no single statement that the sources will not support; there is nothing the warranty of which can be questioned. They followed the rules laid down in the Perumzls to the last letter in matters of organisation and administration as in other parts of south India. Please Email the Editor. This monograph is not confined to the political or socio-economic aspects of the history of Kerala in the three centuries.

THIS book has been awaited for more than four decades now. Want to Read saving…. Pillai had missed this important fact on account of his lack of familiarity with the situation in central and northern Kerala in formulating his thesis kera,a the evolution of the janmi system in Kerala.

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Perumals of Kerala by M.G.S. Narayanan

Narayanan began his doctoral research, the results of which are embodied in this book. Perumals of Kerala 0.

They introduced the matrilineal system so that their children through the non-Brahmin women did not cause any division in their property. Aroon marked it as to-read Perumls 21, Preview — Perumals of Kerala by M.

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keralw But it is worth remembering that it was written in the early s; it has thus to be placed in that historiographical context. He started off with the premises of Pillai, but he went far beyond them. Arun Krishnan marked it as to-read Jul 16, There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It was not altruism of any kind that made them accommodate these people of different religious persuasions.

The result is a masterpiece. This violently uprooted the very perunals of the earlier construction of Kerala history. The 32 Brahmin grama s mentioned in Keralolpatti were temple-centred agrarian corporations and so were many more of them mentioned in the inscriptions.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The book is regional history at its best, written without any sentiments of regionalism, and placing Kerala within the larger context of south India.

Mridula Nambiar added it Apr 27, Narayanan shows that there is no evidence to support this proposition; nor is it possible that such an important social change as in the system of inheritance can be brought about by a political event like a war, even if it had taken place.