Statements in our shastras
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Sat Mar 8 15:55:48 CST 2003
On Thu, 6 Mar 2003, Erama Kiruttinan wrote:
> "Nayars" or "Nairs" are actually shudras.
> They follow a matrilineal system.
> Hence a Brahmin [ Nambudiri] man or a Kshatriya [Varma,Raja] man might have
> an alliance with a Nair woman. Their progeny belongs to 'Nair' caste. By
> this system, there are instances of paternal grandfather being a Brahmin, as
> he was belonging to Nambudiri community; father a Kshatriya as his mother
> was from Varma community and son a Shudra as his mother was from the Nair
> This is mindboggling, but this was the system being followed till very
This is certainly strange when compared with the rest of India but not
without precedent. Of the sons of Maharshi Vedavyasa, Shukadevaji was a
Brahmana (although he never underwent Upanayana) Pandu and Dhrtarashtra
were Kshatriyas, and Vidura was a Shudra.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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