The Kattunayakan tribe of Wayanad district are one of the only true heirs of its murky forests. Once the kings of jungles, even to this day they rarely mix with other tribes and still follow their ancient traditions of black magic and sorcery. Completely dependent on forest and forest products for sustenance, they subsist on honey, roots and barks of plants and what small animals that they trap or fell with their primitive weapons like bows and arrows. They are also known as Then Kurumas as they collect honey from the forest.

They have the distinctive features unique to the hill-tribes of Wayanad and communicate through a mixture of all Dravidian languages. Their religion has deep cultural roots and they worship animals, birds, trees, rocks and snakes and almost everything emanating from nature. The ancient practice of worshipping their ancestors is also followed. The Kattunayakan community is found nowadays in Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram districts.




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