Friday, August 19, 2005

A village in Kerala that Muslims shun

Blame superstition for it, there is at least one village in Kerala that has no Muslim resident - and one who did spend a night died of a mysterious illness. Thekumbhagom village near Kollam is home to some 14,000 people but not one of them is a Muslim. The reason, villagers say, is the presence of a Devi temple in the village. "Even though I don't believe in such stories, the reality is that we have no Muslim family in the small 10 islands that make up my 'panchayat' (village council), said Krishnankutty Pillai, its 50-year-old chief. "Old timers say no Muslim person can stay in the village beyond dusk," Pillai added. "They can come and go during the day and some Muslim traders do come and go." The villagers are mostly fisher folk and coir workers. Most of them hail from lower middle class families. Muslims account for almost 25 percent of the state's population. Local legislator Shibu Baby John says he is yet to come to understand the bizarre phenomenon. "Currently the village is cut off from the mainland. I expect things will change when a bridge connects the place with mainland Chavara. "The strange thing is that not a single villager raises any objection to any Muslim staying in the village. But hearing that they cannot stay beyond dusk, no Muslim wants to be here."


At August 19, 2005 2:16 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

The reason, villagers say, is the presence of a Devi temple in the village.

Interesting. Some research needs to be done in a hurry.

At August 19, 2005 3:23 AM, Blogger erp said...

Let's put a Devi temple in every city and village in the land.

At August 19, 2005 10:19 AM, Blogger nouille said...

erp, ya beat me to it! LOL.

At August 19, 2005 12:55 PM, Blogger PD111 said...


I posted that research needs to be done on this topic. In effect, to understand the cause of this wierd phenomenon, and to apply it around the world.

In retrospect, it is fairly obvious that it just superstition.
But superstition can be a powerful tool when dealing with people who are superstitious in the main, and Muslims are very superstitious as a whole. Even in this age, superstition is used by muslim clerics and leaders, to control muslims.

At August 19, 2005 6:43 PM, Blogger Rick Darby said...

I've just called my city councilman to suggest that we pair ourselves as a "sister city" with Thekumbhagom.

At August 19, 2005 7:44 PM, Blogger erp said...

rick, let us know where and when and we'll join you. I'll even become a priestess myself if that would help.

At August 20, 2005 2:06 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

A new blog -'The Truth project' - via Gates of Vienna.

The Truth Project: Promoting the Dissemination of the Truth about Islam

Well worth visiting.


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