Kaḷari and Vaittiyacālai: Medicine and Martial Arts Intertwined

  title={Kaḷari and Vaittiyacālai: Medicine and Martial Arts Intertwined},
  author={Roman Sieler},
  journal={Asian Medicine},
  • R. Sieler
  • Published 2012
  • Medicine
  • Asian Medicine
AbstractVarmakkalai, ‘the art of the vital spots’, combines therapeutic and martial techniques: Varmam spots are of combative relevance, but also applicable in curing ailments. This paper depicts how far this South Indian practice figures simultaneously in the kaḷari, the training ground where combat techniques called varma aṭi, ‘hitting the vital spots’, are taught, and in the vaittiyacālai, the dispensary for varma maruttuvam, ‘vital spot treatments’. Injuries incurred in the kaḷari are… 

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