Nayar-Culture

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Nayar Culture: The Absorption of the Agrarian State The Nayar people traditionally inhabitted an area of the Southwestern coast of India that is the modern-day Indian region of Kerala (Gough & Schnieder, Matrilineal Kinship, 1974, pp. 202-203). Evidence exists showing that that Nayar culture consisted of multiple militaristic kingdoms and chiefdoms involved in Southeastern Asian tradein the Travancore region of India as early as the 7thcentury, evolved into an agrarian state in the 13th centuryby taking over the land directly inland from their seaports and continued to thrive as such even after the East India Company of Britain took over the area in 1792(Gough & Schnieder, Matrilineal Kinship, 1974, p. 204).

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Nayar Culture: The Absorption of the Agrarian StateStephnie Schaap-JonesAshford UniversityANT101 - Introduction to AnthropologySeptember 26, 2015Kristina Stutler Nayar Culture: The Absorption of the Agrarian StateThe Nayar people traditionally inhabitted an area of the Southwestern coast of India that is the modern-day Indian region of Kerala [CITATION Gou74 \p 202-203 \l 1033 ]. Evidence exists showing that that Nayar culture consisted of multiple militaristic kingdoms and chiefdoms involved in Southeastern Asian trade in the Travancore region of India as early as the 7th century, evolved into an agrarian state in the 13th century by taking over the land directly inland from their seaports and continued to thrive as such even after the East India Company of Britain took over the area in 1792 [CITATION Gou74 \p 204 \l 1033 ]. It was not until India gained their independence from Britain that the Nayar people fell under the laws of any government other than their own. Now, the Nayar culture exists in India as more of a caste system than an agrarian state. Nonetheless, several parts of the Nayar culture have endured in Kerala, and the caste system is still widely recognized within the region. Primary Mode of SustenanceThe Nayar people existed in kingdoms and chiefdoms until the 13th century, and then, as an agrarian state for generations. It is believed that the Nayar chiefdoms controlled several seaports that traded with China, and later with Mus

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