“Eay, Ah How” – Badaga ‘Athikkodhu’

The beauty about Badaga community is not only the unique customs specific to the community but the steadfast belief with which atleast some of them are followed by Badagas with fervour. one of them is the loud chanting of ‘Athikkodhu – saaying of  EAY AH HOW – on certain but specific occasions.

Three occasions come to mind immediately,

1)During “hethay Habba’ – both when from every village the devotees go to Hethay temples at Beragani and Peddhuva as well as when the Hethay deity is taken to ‘Madi Halla -river’ for change into new dress once a year [and also whenever is a temple deity is taken on procession during habbas in hattis],

2)During weddings when the bride and groom are brought to the ‘Madhuvay Mane – wedding house,and the newly weds are taken to the temple and

3)On funerals when the widow is brought for ‘olay Kattodhu’ and the ‘akki eththuva ‘ procession starts from the ‘dhodda Mane’ to ‘saavu hanay ‘ where the corpse/body is kept before being taken for burial.

This loud ‘cry’ is made from the bottom of the stomach by a few leading the procession and repeated by the rest following them.

Listen to ‘Saavu Aathikkodhu’ recorded live in Ketchigatti here

Listen to ‘Maduvay Aathikkodhu’ recorded live in Thambatty here


4 responses to ““Eay, Ah How” – Badaga ‘Athikkodhu’

  1. I want to know every year when will Badaga fests conducting at other city like coimbatore. Can any one will inform me?


  2. Proud to be a Badaga. Our origin is NOT from anywhere. Nilagiri is our motherland


  3. If Badugas settled from mysore plateau 4oo years ago, why they left the scrip and came to Nilgiris, there is no script in Baduga language suggest that Baduags should be living in Nilgiris for a long time , regardless Badugas are culturally well connected with other tribes that is not possible if they are new comers to Nilgiris. where can i get the book ”Paame” can any one suggest me? pls


  4. I am firmly of the view that our history is much older- may be a thousand years or more older – and my initial ‘research’ confirms that-JP

    படுகர் இனத்தின் வரலாறு சரியான படி எழுதப்படவில்லை என்றே நினைக்கிறேன். நீலகிரியின் ஆதி குடிமக்களில் படுகர் இனம் ஒன்று என்பது மட்டுமல்லாது மிகவும் மூத்த இனம் என்பதும். இல்லெயெனில் நீலகிரி முழுவதும் படுகர் இனம் பரவியிருக்க வாய்ப்பே இல்லை. தோடர், கோத்தர், குறும்பர்,இருளர் ஆகியோர் படுகர் இனத்தவருக்கே முதல் மரியாதை கொடுத்தனர் கொடுத்து வருகின்றனர் என்பதையும் குறிப்பிட விரும்புகிறேன். நம் இனத்தையும் மலைவாழ் ஆதிக்குடியினராக அரசாங்கம் அங்கீகரிக்கவேண்டும். அதற்கான முயற்சிகளை படுகர் இன மக்கள் எடுக்கவேண்டும்.


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