Re-Visiting The Impact Of Dravidian And Folk Culture On Kerala Muslims

Dr. Salini P.S.



            Dravidian and folk customs and practices have made an indelible impact on Kerala Muslims. Islam spread in Kerala particularly though conversion, especially, from Hindus who where steeped in Dravidian and folk customs and practices. The influence of the pre-conversion mindset remains in the minds of the converted as psychological remnants. As for the Kerala Muslims, they have continued to follow the Dravidian and folk customs and practices which they had been following prior to their conversion. The influence of these are found in their festivals, art forms, saint- hero worship and treatment for diseases.

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