The Moral Community of the Teyyattam: Popular Culture in Late Colonial Malabar

@article{Menon1993TheMC,
  title={The Moral Community of the Teyyattam: Popular Culture in Late Colonial Malabar},
  author={Dilip M. Menon},
  journal={Studies in History},
  year={1993},
  volume={9},
  pages={187 - 217}
}
Acknowledgements: For comments on this paper, both in its period of gestation as well as its long hibernation, I am grateful to G. Arunima, Neeladri Bhattacharya, Peter Burke, Nivedita Menon, Polly O’Hanlon, Sumit Sarkar and Tanika Sarkar. Francis Buchanan M.D., travelling through Malabar in 1800, observed that caste restrictions and the violence arising from them were so rampant that an upper taste Nayar could cut down a lower caste man if the latter dared to appear on the road at the same… 

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