The Curse and Absolution: A Study on the Role of Origin Myths among the Nomads with Special Reference to Boom-Boom Maattukkaarar Community

A Dhananjayan


This essay attempts to describe the various folkgroups who belong to different ethnic communities and lead a nomadic or semi nomadic life in Tamilnadu. This paper presents functionalist  perspective on the role the origin myths along with other traditions of nomads. The ethnographic data of the respective communities also help in understanding the role of myths among the nomads, especially, the Boom-Boom Maattukkaarar community.

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