The Mannan community is a tribe from Kerala, known for their unique traditions and rituals. They mainly inhabit Kumily Panchayat in Idukki district, although their dwellings are also seen at Azhuha, Devikulam and Idukki block panchayats. In times bygone, they used to dwell in remote forests. But a few decades back, following a government ban on deforestation in the preserved area they were forced to migrate. They currently stay in the plots allotted by the government at the outskirts of the Periyar Tiger Reserve.

Although they have lost their traditional lands, they continue their long-established customs and rituals. One fascinating aspect of the community is the presence of a king; even to this day, they honour the system of kingship dearly. In order to eke out a living, the Mannan community cultivate some basic crops in the allotted farm land, collect forest produce from the non-restricted area and engage in manual labour or cattle breeding.




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