Sri Lankan Telugu Snake Charmers
Sri Lankan Telugu Snake Charmers. Sri Lanka is a land which is world renowned for its rich history, mouth-watering cuisine, awe inspiring nature, scintillating beaches and friendly locals.
Sri Lanka is a land which is world renowned for its rich history, mouth-watering cuisine, awe inspiring nature, scintillating beaches and friendly locals. The Colonial Era opened the door ways for the settlement of different ethnic groups, and at present they form the multi-cultural fabric of the nation. The minorities that claim Indian origin includes, Borahs, Khojas, Memons, Ceylon Chettys, Bharadhas, Parsees, Indian Moor, Malabaris and Indian Tamils. However, an ethnic minority which is largely unknown and left un-noticed in Sri Lanka is the Lankan Telugus, known popularly as ‘Snake Charmers’. They are known by several other names and those who had settled down in Alikambai who live by agriculture are referred to as ‘Kuravar’. Formerly the Kuruvars lived a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and their male-folk were either hunters or gypsies and their female members are sooth-sayers by profession. Though these people were once classified as outcastes or untouchables but since recent past, they enjoy much freedom and have received greater acceptance in the Lankan society.