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Moments with a Tribal King

Posted by Sathesh on July 9, 2009 at 9:57 PM

   

      



     It was on the same day 'Splash' a monsoon tourism promotion event in Wayand inaugurated,I opted for visiting  This old man, I strongly believes that this typeof  meetings give me more pleasure than the indoor hangamas organized fortourists.

 

     He is Kapi moopan ,a tribal king who lives at' Thirumukham 'colony of' pakam'a forest fringe village near Pulpally, aged about 100 years  with astrong body and keen eye sight and a energetic mind charged with the memoriesof a century.

 

     He is the present King of the tribal community ' Kuruma' of 'pakam desham?Kuruma is a community which believes that they are in higher orders of the hierarchyamong the tribal communities of Wayanad, and with a strong religious and agricultural practices, and who plays a major role in conserving thetraditional paddy verities and experts in tribal way of living includingcollecting minor forest produces, hunting and fishing where the modern'knowledge' almost fails

 

     As per the customs of this tribal community ' Pakkam king' is the ruler of all the members of that community, and his jurisdiction includes, the 'Thirumukam' 'thazhethirumukham' 'lliumbum'and 'pakkam', where majority of these familiesliving

 

 

    The king is the final word in any decisions regarding the community including the disputes between members, he is the chief guest and leads all the rituals including the birth ,death and marriage functions, he is supposed to live in a'Palace' specially made for him near their holy temple, the Kingship  comes to a person as per the rule of the community, generally the eldest son of the previous king and when the male follower chain breaks the eldest son of the king?s immediate brother comes to that place, when a person is proposed as the next king an official coronation have to takes place as per the rituals of the community  before the community god and then only the person will getcharge of the holy chair

 

      But all these glory and power now lives only in the memories of the present King,Kapi moopan and his generation,



      The official coronation was not taken place for  Kaapi mooppan ,even he acquired the king man ship by community rule 20 yrs back, the king before him,Karuna moopan also died without the coronation and official ruling power,


       What blocks both of them from getting crowned is the strong protocol of the coronation ceremony, which strongly states that group hunting of a wild animal is a must for that ceremony.

As all of you aware the wild animals are protected by law and hunting them is a serious offence, and this blocks the coronation and this makes Kapimoopan's king ship one without power.


       Now the king was alone,his wife was no more and five daughters were living with their family at different places, his brother's son . whom he opted in the childhood itself isresiding in the Thirumukham colony and his daily meals comes from that family.




      His 60 plus year old residence was weak and damaged due to lack of maintenance




       This is his Palace, the 150 year old building is about to collapse at any time, and his royal wish is to repair that building, and stay there atleast one day, and he hopes the community members will reconstruct it before the next 'Uchal',the major yearly event of the community, even there is no chance for that,since the new generation didn?t so much interested in their Kings Wish and comforts ,I wished him for the fulfillment of his wish.


      This is not for advocating for kings rules or condemns the Govt rules against hunting, which prevents an old king/s coronation


       This is only to share that there lives a Poor old man, A king who keeps loads of tribal knowledge (only that) in his treasury.


     



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5 Comments

Reply Sapna George
2:48 AM on July 31, 2009 
Excellent site and great begining ,good exposure and best of luck
Reply vimaldas
10:55 AM on September 1, 2009 
nice !
Reply Alton Wright
7:47 AM on February 19, 2010 
You have to express more your opinion to attract more readers, because just a video or plain text without any personal approach is not that valuable. But it is just form my point of view
Reply Aaron Smith
8:56 PM on February 20, 2010 
I am reading this article second time today, you have to be more careful with content leakers. If I will fount it again I will send you a link
Reply Vipin Chandran
10:08 AM on June 10, 2012 
Hello
I am belongs to the community, but now his situation is very bad(health). there is no proper care to the old king.His house is also damaged