Culture and lifestyle of Paliyan tribes at Palani hill, Dindigul district
Mrs. K. Shenbaham
The Vedas described the existence of a people India. Who could have been Dravidians or perhaps pro Dravidians the cause’s reports practices which later became and a part of a heritage Since 1901 revealed that aborigines primitives animists primitives tribal’s the efforts of British administrators and missionaries and start in the year welfare was made by Mahatma Gandhi. The Paliyan, or Palaiyar or Pazhaiyar are Adivasi Dravidian people living in the South Western Ghats montane rain forests in South India, especially in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. They are traditional nomadic hunter-gatherers, honey hunters and foragers. Yams are their major food source. In the early part of the 20th century the Paliyans dressed scantily and lived in rock crevices and caves. Most have now have transformed to traders of forest products, food cultivators and beekeepers. Some work intermittently as wage labourers, mostly on plantations. They are included in the List of Scheduled Tribes in India.