Mudaliar
Mudaliar
Regions with significant populations
Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka
Languages
Tamil

Mudaliar (alternatively spelled: Muthaliar, Mudali, Muthali or Moodley) is a title used by people belonging to various Tamil castes.[1] Castes using the title speak Tamil as their native language. The title was mostly used in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka in medieval times as an honorary title to feudal landlords.[]

A person of first rank feudal society such as high-level bureaucratic officials and army commanders, was bestowed with the Mudaliar title.[] The title was primarily used by the Kaikolars, Karaiyars and the Vellalars.[2][3] Other communities adopted it as means to present themselves as superior to the social status which they actually held.[2]

Etymology

The title is derived from the Tamil word muthal meaning first with the suffix yaar denoting people.[4] The title is used in the same sense as simply meaning headman.[5]

References

  1. ^ Barnett, Marguerite Ross (2015). The Politics of Cultural Nationalism in South India. Princeton University Press. p. 236. ISBN 9781400867189.
  2. ^ a b Ramaswamy, Vijaya (2017). Historical Dictionary of the Tamils. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-53810-686-0.
  3. ^ Pandian, Jacob (1987). Caste, Nationalism and Ethnicity: An Interpretation of Tamil Cultural History and Social Order. Popular Prakashan. p. 109. ISBN 978-0-86132-136-0.
  4. ^ Barnett, Marguerite Ross (2015). The Politics of Cultural Nationalism in South India. Princeton University Press. p. 236. ISBN 9781400867189.
  5. ^ Katz, Nathan (2000). Who Are the Jews of India?. University of California Press. pp. 47-48. ISBN 978-0-52021-323-4.

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