Socio cultural status of Muthuvan tribe in Kerala: A historical analysis of Muthuvan tribe of Koodakkadukudi
Anusha VM, Muhammed Atheeque PP
Muthuvans are the least educated tribes of Kerala (69.78%). Moreover, they have low sex ratio and that too in the age group of below six years is 943 (census 2001). Most of the deliveries take place in the kudy itself. According to National Family Health Survey (2005), Idukki is one location, where women get least antenatal care and least trained attendants support during the delivery. The numbers of home deliveries are also the highest in Idukki when compared to that of other districts of Kerala. They have their own system of living inside the forest and at times the external interventions spoil their closeness to nature and push them into a dilemma of being torn between 'tradition' and 'modernity'. Present study is a historical analysis of socio cultural status of Muthuvan tribe of Koodakkadukudi.