Vettuvar, Vettuva: 2 definitions


Vettuvar means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (natya)

Veṭṭuvar or Veṭṭuva refers to a “hunter community” and is the name of a people from the Pālai land, as mentioned in the Maturaikkāṇṭam which is a chapter of the Cilappatikāram: an ancient epic authored by Ilango Adigal representing an important piece of Tamil literature.—The twelfth canto in Maturaikkāṇṭam speaks of the veṭṭuva-vari. It explains the kūttu danced by the veṭṭuvar of the Pālai land. A certain Salini, belonging to veṭṭuvar (hunter) community who worship Koṟṟavai (Durga as the goddess of victory), gets godspirited and dances thrilled, keeping her hands on her head, on a stage where maravar (hunter) used to sit together and eat. We have to consider this dance as veṟiyāṭal. Unlike the veṟiyāṭal described in the Pattupāṭṭu, and Eṭṭutokai of Tolkāppiyam, this veṟiyāṭal is said to have been danced by Koṟṟavai with the god-spirit in order to emphasize the grievances of the people.

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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India history and geography

Source: Wikipedia: India History

Vettuvar or Vettuva refers to a social group of people in Tamil Nadu, India, who once practised hunting but later adapted to agriculture. The name seems to have originated from Vettakar which means hunters. They are spread throughout Tamil Nadu. They are known by the names Vettuvar, Veduvar, Vedar, Malaivedan, Vettaikarar, in the different regions of Tamil Nadu.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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