Vannar is a Tamil caste found primarily in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and northeastern parts of Sri Lanka. The community has traditionally been involved in laundry, exorcism and as ceremonial officiators.[2][3] They are in Tamil Nadu classified as Most Backward Class.[4]

Total population
2,072,625 [1]
Regions with significant populations
Other significant population centers:


The word Vannar is thought to be derived from the Tamil word vannam meaning "beauty".[5] The chief of this community use the title Kattadi, meaning exorcist.[6]


The Vannars traditionally occupy the Sangam landscape Marutham.[7] The Vannars were also involved in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.[8] The Vannars served as kudimakkal or domestic servants, who also gave importance as ceremonial officiators.[9]

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  1. ^ "Tamil News - Latest Tamil News - Tamil News Online - Vikatan". Vikatan. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  2. ^ Setty, E. Desingu (1990). The Valayar of South India: Society and religion. Inter-India Publications. p. 304. ISBN 9788121002387.
  3. ^ Bahadur), Sarat Chandra Roy (Ral (1986). Man in India. A. K. Bose. p. 19.
  4. ^ "Tehelka - The People's Paper". 27 August 2005. Archived from the original on 11 December 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ Fuchs, Stephen (1981). At the bottom of Indian society: the Harijan and other low castes. Munshiram Manoharlal. p. 226.
  6. ^ David, Kenneth (3 June 2011). The New Wind: Changing Identities in South Asia. Walter de Gruyter. p. 203. ISBN 9783110807752.
  7. ^ Ramaswamy, Vijaya (26 September 2016). Women and Work in Precolonial India: A Reader. SAGE Publications India. ISBN 9789351507406.
  8. ^ Cartman, James (1957). Hinduism in Ceylon. M.D. Gunesena. p. 134.
  9. ^ Pranāndu, Mihindukalasūrya Ār Pī Susantā (2005). Rituals, folk beliefs, and magical arts of Sri Lanka. Susan International. p. 459. ISBN 9789559631835.

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