Tulu people(Redirected from Tuluvas)
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The Tulu people, or Tuluva (plural Tuluver), are an ethnic group native to the Tulu Nadu region of India, presently divided amongst the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka and the Kasaragod taluk of Kerala up to river Chandragiri. They are the native speakers of the Tulu language. There is sizeable emigrant Tuluva population in Maharashtra. and in several countries of English-speaking world
|1,720,000 (2001 census)|
|Regions with significant populations|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Dravidians · Kodavas · Konkanis · Kodagu Gowda · Tulu Gowda|
Tuluvas are a Dravidian speaking ethnic group, found in southwest Konkan coastal areas. Tuluvas historically belonged to the warrior class, on other sect agriculture, fishing and hunting formed the important occupation of Tulu people. In earlier days Tuluva men were known for martial arts known as Garadi (Gymnasiums).
Tuluvas practice various forms of Hinduism including;Folk Hinduism, Brahminism, Vaishnavism, Snake worship, Spirit Worship and Smartism.They are divided into various castes,sub-castes and clans like, Billava, Bunts, Brahmins, Mogaveera, Kulala and Devadiga. The Tuluva Brahmins are subdivided as Shivalli Brahmins, Sthanika Brahmins and Tuluva Hebbars. There is a sizeable amount of community members who follow Jainism and are known as Jain Bunts..Many Tuluvas have settled in Mumbai where they have excelled in various fields from Banking to Bollywood.
Tuluvas follow matrilineal system of inheritance known as Aliyasantana, where inheritance is from uncle to nephew, except for Brahmins.Other distinctive features include the rituals of Yakshagana, Bhuta Kola, Nagaradhane Aati kalenja and Kambala.
Tuluva Paddanas are sung narratives, which are part of several closely related singing traditions in Tulu Language, Paddans are sung during occasions which describe the evolution of Tulu tribes and Tulu culture.
Demand for Tulu NaduEdit
From India's independence and following the reorganization of states, the Tuluvas have been demanding national language status for Tulu and a separate state for themselves called Tulu Nadu (Land of Tuluvas), based on their language and distinct culture. Though somewhat subdued for a while, this demand has grown stronger in recent years. Several organizations like the Tulu Rajya Horata Samiti have taken up the cause of the Tuluvas, and frequent meetings and demonstrations are held across towns in Tulunadu (like Mangaluru, Udupi etc.) to voice their demands.
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