History of HETHE(Y)

A prayer to Hethe in Badaga

[since Badaga language does not have a script, it is given in English and Tamil]

To listen to Hethai songs go here

sinnadha kode hidiththu, singaara nade nadudhu
beththu dhadiya heguluga eththi…..heththe
nee saththiyadha vaakka hEgi, santhOshadha maaththa thOri
seemega siri thOra baa….seemega siri thOra baa
haa haa heththE O O heththE aanandha maadiniyo Odi baa heththE
bettadha jana ellaa bandhidhEga bEragaNiya maasi ammaa thaLadhO indhu
bevarakaaththi puNNiyakaaththi baali ammaa:
beLLiya kodaya naala engaga thaali ammaa

nee beLLe muNda pasundhu maadi bettadha janava nOdi
harasidhe endhu hegali ammaa
maayadha kanni ammaa madhippuLLa heththe ammaa
eera maasi ammaa, oLLiya varava thaali ammaa
ninna muththuna paadhaga morE budhdhiyO ammaa
nee kaththuva jOthi aagi thOrali ammaa

sinnadha kodaya naalaagi bandhu, ondhuga saavira aagali endhu
aanandha raagava manasuga thandhu, ninna gEnava engaga thandhu
saamandhi hoovuna pasundha thOri, seemEga singaara aagali endhu

haa haa heththE O O heththE aanandha maadiniyo Odi baa heththE
haa haa heththE O O heththE aanandha maadiniyo Odi baa heththE

seemEya jana ellaa bandhidhEga, singaara kaaththi sridhEvi thaLadhO indhu
singaarakaaththi sridhEvi baali ammaa,
sinnadha kodeya naala engaga thaali ammaa
haaluna mE hoodhu, aarambu oLLenge bEdhu,
arasaanaiya engaga thaali ammaa

maari ammaa kaaLi ammaa maayadha sakthi ammaa, om sakthi heththe ammaa
engaga oththumaiya thaali ammaa
ii boolOgava aaNdu bappa puNNiya kaaththi
ii boolOgava thaangi ibba booma thaaii

haa haa heththE O O heththE aanandha maadiniyo Odi baa heththE
haa haa heththE O O heththE aanandha maadiniyo Odi baa heththE

சின்னத கொடே ஹிடித்து, சிங்கார நடே நடுது
பெத்து தடிய ஹெகுலுக எத்தி…..ஹெத்தே
நீ சத்தியத வாக்க ஹேகி, சந்தோஷத மாத்த தோரி
சீமெக சிரி தோர பா….சீமெக சிரி தோர பா
ஹா ஹா ஹெத்தே ஓ ஓ ஹெத்தே ஆனந்த மாடினியோ ஓடி பா ஹெத்தே
பெட்டத ஜன எல்லா பந்திதேக பேரகணிய மாசி அம்மா தளதோ இந்து
பெவரகாத்தி புண்ணியகாத்தி பாலி அம்மா: பெள்ளிய கொடய நால எங்கக தாலி அம்மா
நீ பெள்ளே முண்ட பசுந்து மாடி பெட்டத ஜனவ நோடி ஹரசிதே எந்து ஹேகலி அம்மா
மாயத கன்னி அம்மா மதிப்புள்ள ஹெத்தே அம்மா ஈர மாசி அம்மா, ஒள்ளிய வரவ தாலி அம்மா
நின்ன முத்துன பாதக மொரே புத்தியோ அம்மா நீ கத்துவ ஜோதி ஆகி தோரலி அம்மா
சின்னத கொடய நாலாகி பந்து, ஒந்துக சாவிர ஆகலி எந்து
ஆனந்த ராகவ மனசுக தந்து, நின்ன கேனவ எங்கக தந்து
சாமந்தி ஹூவுன பசுந்த தோரி, சீமேக சிங்கார ஆகலி எந்து
ஹா ஹா ஹெத்தே ஓ ஓ ஹெத்தே ஆனந்த மாடினியோ ஓடி பா ஹெத்தே
ஹா ஹா ஹெத்தே ஓ ஓ ஹெத்தே ஆனந்த மாடினியோ ஓடி பா ஹெத்தே
சீமேய ஜன எல்லா பந்திதேக, சிங்கார காத்தி ஸ்ரீதேவி தளதோ இந்து
சிங்காரகாத்தி ஸ்ரீதேவி பாலி அம்மா, சின்னத கொடெய நால எங்கக தாலி அம்மா
ஹாலுன மே ஹூது, ஆரம்பு ஒள்ளெங்கே பேது,அரசானைய எங்கக தாலி அம்மா
மாரி அம்மா காளி அம்மா மாயத சக்தி அம்மா, ஒம் சக்தி ஹெத்தே அம்மா
எங்கக ஒத்துமைய தாலி அம்மா
ஈ பூலோகவ ஆண்டு பப்ப புண்ணிய காத்தி ஈ பூலோகவ தாங்கி இப்ப பூம தாயி
ஹா ஹா ஹெத்தே ஓ ஓ ஹெத்தே ஆனந்த மாடினியோ ஓடி பா ஹெத்தே
ஹா ஹா ஹெத்தே ஓ ஓ ஹெத்தே ஆனந்த மாடினியோ ஓடி பா ஹெத்தே.

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Listen to

Hethay songs here

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The booklet ” Sri Hethaiammal sarithiram ( History of Sri Hethai Ammal) ” written by Mr. N.N. Pokka (Bogga ?) Madha Gowder, is indeed one of the rare books written on ‘ Hethai ‘, the revered deity of Badagas of the Nilgiri Hills in Southern India, some sixty/seventy odd years ago.
Given in its original form in Tamil in the following pages.
Wherever possible, I have tried to give the translation in English
A lot of friends have been asking me to send them the ‘Complete History of HETHAI AMMA’. 

You can download the same from here

 

The download size is about 3.8MB. Please remember that you should have installed one of the (free) pdf readers like FOXIT, PDF -XChange Viewer, Adobe Reader on your system to open and read the downloaded file !

May HETHAI Amma bless you !

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English version of the above

Sulogam suya Badaga Bashae

Eiyu hethapparu,aelingi hennu, aeval thoraiyana

ellakkannadi joikindi, jay thaige erasi makkeri emba

hiriya devara hegaluno hoththuthale malei seemai enda

ela malei seemega bappane kaadu kaadu aladu kaare medu bandu

kaala sandu kulindu erasi makkeri hittitu edadariga hogi

makkeria madimaadi, marasi thirigi bandu kaarai mera meda nodu

vane eezhuthalai nagappa erasi makkeriyoge hibbane, kartha ranga

thorida endu kaiethi saranamaadi marasi thirigi bandu sole

sole suthi neela malae ga hathi kaarai morava edirunodi

kalla sele nattu neelagiri rangasamy endu nile naatida

vakkara nenjunoge nenethu barivo.

The original cover page and the author Madha Gowder

{ Bellie Jayaprakash adds : The figure shown on the cover is not to be mistaken to be that of Hethai . It appears to be one of the standard Picture blocks available with any printing press (in this case Blue Mountain Press, Coonoor) in those days.

[In fact, there are no pictures of ” Hethai ” at all ]}

N.N.Pokka Madha Gowder,

Nadu hatti, Katta Bettu

Family tree

1. Kuruda Hethappan , his son 2. Halli Hethappan his son 3. Ubjja Hathappan, hia son 4. Kakke Hethappan his son 5. Putta Hethappan, his son 6. Nanjaiya Gowder his son 7. OdaNanjappa gowder, his son 8. Pokka Madha Gowder his son 9. Ranga Gowder (aged 20) Through my elder daughters there are 11 lineages and from our elder families there are 14/15 lineages – N N Pokka Madha Gowder

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To read the complete history in pdf format where you can enlarge the  page [fonts] please double click on this link

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To read the complete history in pdf format where you can enlarge the  page [fonts]  click here

The History of Sri Dodda HEHAI of Beraganni

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The History of Sri Dodda HEHAI of Beraganni continued here…

History of Beragani Hethe

To read the complete history in pdf format where you can enlarge the  page [fonts] please double click here

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Pedduva (Pethala) Sri Savudi Hethai Amman History

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Pedduva (Pethala) Sri Savudi Hethai Amman History continued here….

History of Pedduva Hethai

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Those who read the ‘history of HETHAI’ or listen to it ,will be blessed forever

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A lot of friends have been asking me to send them the ‘Complete History of HETHAI AMMA’. 

You can download the same from this link > here

The download size is about 3.8MB. Please remember that you should have installed one of the (free) pdf readers like FOXIT, PDF -XChange Viewer, Adobe Reader on your system to open and read the downloaded file !

May HETHAI Amma bless you !

To read the history of Hethe you may also go to

* In ‘wordpress’ History of Hethai Amma

* In googlepages History of HETHAI AMMA

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Hethay Amma and Gayatri Chalisa

I am not a very religious person in the ’strictest’ sense of the word. But I am a proud Hindu and consider all religions to be equal. I am a staunch believer of HETHAY [HETHE] Amma. I pray to Her everyday.Recently I came across ‘GAYATRI CHALISA’, supposed to be the most powerful 40 verses of prayer along with GAYATRI MANTRA. It is in Sanskrit and I do not understand most of them.The English translation makes a lot more sense.
The similarities of HETHAY AMMA and GAYATRI MATA are striking and too numerous to list, elaborate and explain. For one, BOTH are clad in spotless white and formless
GAYATRI CHALISA
HRIM SHRIM KLIM MADHYA PRABHAA
JEEVANA JYOTI PRACHAND
SHAANTI, KRANTI, JAGRUTA, PRAGATI,
RACHANAA, SHAKTI AKHAND
Oh holy Mother Gayatri, you are the first to relieve pain, the first to satisfy and the first to bestow bliss. You are the super-intelligent, bright light of life. You are peace, awakening change, progress and incessant creative power………..
SHAASHWATA SATOGUNI SATAROOPAA
SATYA SANATANA SUDHA ANOOPAA.
HAMSAAROODHA SITAAMBER DHAARI
SWARNA KAANTI SHUCHI GAGANA BIHAARI.
Having a swan as her vahana [carrier] Holy Mother Gayatri is clad in spotless white. Her lustrous form dazzles like gold. Betaker of the heavenly route, O Mother, you are the embodiment of everlasting ‘satwa guna’ [noble qualities] as well as truth incarnate [noble form] and dispenser of unique nectar like bliss…………
Go here to read and listen to the complete GAYATRI CHALISA and GAYATRI  MANTRA
Hethay Amma
But when you listen to Gayatri Chalisa and Mantra, they have a divine, calming effect on you.
So, listen to Gayatri Chalisa here

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Gayatri Mantra

OM BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA
TAT SAVITUR VARENYAM |
BHARGO DEVASAYA DHEEMAHI
DHIYO YO NAHA PRACHODAYAT ||

ॐ भूर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेन्यं । भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि, धीयो यो न: प्रचोदयात् ।।

ஓம் பூர் புவ ஸவ | தத் ஸவிதூர் வரேண்யம் |
பர்கோ தேவச்ய தீமஹி | தியோ யோன பிரசோதயத் ||

[Oh God! Thou art the Giver of Life, Remover of pain and sorrow, The Bestower of happiness, Oh! Creator of the Universe, May we receive thy supreme sin-destroying light, May Thou guide our intellect in the right direction]

Gayatri Mantra, the most important prayer, inspires wisdom and is also a prayer to the “giver of light and life” – the sun (savitur),’Hothu/Suriyanu’ in Badaga.

To read the complete GAYATRI CHALISA and listen to both Gayatri Chalisa and Gayatri Mantra go here to the page Hethay Amma
Most of the information has been taken from the net and may Goddess Gayatri bless all those authors who have put so much info on the net so that they are freely available to any one.
I will try and explain the similarities and attempt to make a HETHAY Chalisa [Prayer to Hethay] soon.
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A prayer to Hethe in Badaga
[since Badaga language does not have a script, it is given in English and Tamil]
SINNADHA KODAI IDUTHU; SINGARADHA NADAI NADADHU;
BETHU DHADI YA HEGALUGE ETHI….. HETTAI
NEE SATHIYADHA VAAKA HEGI;SANDHOSHA MATHA THORI;
SEEMAIGA SIRI THORA BAA….SEMAIGA SIRI THORA BAA,
HA HA HETTAI OH OH HETTAI ANANDA MADINIYO ODI BAA HETTAI
சின்னத கொடை ஹிடுத்து; சிங்காரத நடை நடது
பெத்து தடியா ஹெகலுக எத்தி…..
ஹெத்தை நீ சத்தியத வாக்க ஹேகி;
சந்தோஷ மாத்த தோரி;
ஹா ஹா ஹெத்தை ஒ ஒ ஹெத்தை ;
ஆனந்த மாடிநியோ ஓடி பா ஹெத்தை !
[The above Hethe Song in Tamil fonts is ‘coded’ in html. Idea courtesy – Gopinath & Dev_ Mathan at badaga.org]

If you want to see and read all about BADAGA – both the people & language – with lots of photographs, in a slightly different format go to my other website here or here

All the photos are by Bellie Jayaprakash (unless otherwise credited) and should not be reproduced without permission

Contact : bjaypee@gmail.com

No articles, images and other material in this website can be reproduced without the written permission of
Wing Commander Bellie Jayaprakash B.E.(GCT,Madras Univ).,M.B.A (FMS, Delhi Univ)
Contact : bjaypee@gmail.com
belliejayaprakash©2011

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To listen to this song go here
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31 responses to “History of HETHE(Y)

  1. I cant to explain ma feeling, na haeguvadhu, ella nanga website na login aaleyu, ennava suththi nanga Hethey, ayyanavakka bandhu harasithinge aththava onthu santhosa aara.

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  2. deepak_Nanjanadu

    Sir, i used to mail you 4 to 5 years back. My father is in Army[Subedar Major].I wanted to ask you is there any translation of the book either in English or if possible in Hindi.
    Then sir, I am really happy to see your interest towards our community.Really it feels good to see such an interest and effort.Hope this effort will try to reveal the feelings that we teens have towards our community. Visiting the site after so many years it feels as if it is your obsession.Please don’t let this obsession get dormant.We youngsters actually need someone to tell our identity and tell us who we are.

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  3. Baduga enthalay hethay asuru agathu illay enthalay ama baduga ellay

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  4. I AM FROM ITHALAR.I AM REALLY PROUD BECAUSE I AM BADAGA

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  5. I am a Thamilan.. I like badagas cultural.. and I read the badagas history.. very nice…

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  6. H.Balakumar [KENTHALA]

    I am very proud to see this website of our Badagas…I am very happy & no words to explain my joy….supeeerb!!

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  7. S.Suresh(kalhatty)

    hello sir,
    first of all ‘m really proud to be a badaga… i was thinking for a long time to post a website like this.. but now ‘im very happy to see this website.. i also have a request sir pls try to add more photos regarding our marriage functions and festivels….

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  8. This year we had the opportunity to visit the Hetthai Amman festivals at Beragini on 26/12/2010, (of course not the luxury to attend all days ). It was an amazing and wonderful experience for all of us. The ocean of white everywhere was just so beautiful. We were very happy to purchase the badaga calendar of which we became aware only through this website. It was a beautiful Sunday spent at Beragini.

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  9. I am proud to be a Badaga

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  10. Shyamala (Jegathala)

    First of all a great salute to your work but you forget to mention about our (Jakkadha) Eeramasi Hethai, its hurting. Pls add it and try to cover our hutty temples too.

    [I have requested Shyamala to give more info and if possible with pix of temples. Surely it will be included. – Wg Cdr JP]

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  11. J RAJENDRAN IAF (KALLAKORAI)

    I wont say its a great job,its above all that. yes, after reading our orig and history I started giving lecture to all my family members including elders and even aged.sir since my childhood I tried to know our history and orig but today (05 SEP 2010), yeah, of course, I discovered me and myself,this is because of the only one that’s JP.

    Hello Rajendran, first of all I am so happy to receive such a kind letter (from the heart) from a youngster that too from IAF. As I have often mentioned, if young Badagas have ‘discovered’ themselves by knowing our origin, customs and culture by going through my website, then I have truly achieved something. Feel very happy and as always humbled.- JP

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  12. C.Sathish Chandran (Melcowhatty)

    Today only I visited this site and the infos are enormous and I felt I’ve lost past 4 years to know these info’s. I am very proud of you ! Great job !! My native village is Melcowhatty, is there any particular details about my hatti ?

    Hello Sathish, Thanks for your comments. I will try and gather some info about your hatti. Meanwhile, if you have any info or photo of your hatti, pl send them to me. They will be published with due credit – Wg Cdr JP

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  13. We the Badagas are great in every thing…..I’m proud to be a BADAGA……

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  14. Nishkam Maniamathan

    The work is simply Superb. I’m a poor reader of Tamil Language.Is there any way I can Read the Hettai amman Story in English?

    Hello Nishkam – I have been hoping to translate Hethe Amma history into English for a long time but could not manage enough time….will do so soon. Thanks for reminding me, anyway – JP

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  15. It takes 3 hours for me to go through this site. very interesting. but i got lot of troubles wit the font size. its very difficult to read. If the font size is larger means, im sure many peoples will vist this. anyhow its very nice. I showed this to many badaga guys in my office. really its very nice. i appercitate u.

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  16. Sasikumar (Dhavani)

    You did a wonderful work regarding our culture related articles and works.

    I need the PDF file of Hethai Amman history please send it soon.

    Pl see the links given above in response to many comments

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  17. hi,

    great work!!! its really great.. im happy to see such kind of site. u just intensified my entire happines today. Get me ur contact details,,, i wanna gift u for ur wonderful work

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  18. definately not beragani hathe amma???? must be some other place.. we dont allow to do such things. it reduces the power man!!!! just remove the pic

    Wing Commander JP adds:

    Suresh,

    I do not know who the hell are you and what is your locus standi in issues concerned Hethai Amma?

    First identify yourself properly and learn how to write an email with the minimum basic courtesy being shown.

    Do not behave as if you have known me for a long time.

    I am a staunch believer of Hethai Amma and if your point is valid, I have no problems in removing the photo, but first convince me about yourself and your authority on the subject.

    Suresh’s reply :I belong to the hethai amman village(beragani). I will be forwarding this issue with concern authorities and make u know who the hell iam?? good bye

    JP adds : The self claimed champion thinks that Hethe Amma is his personal property ….probably he does not know that Hethe AMMA is NOT A DEITY but an all powerful GODDESS to me…..CAN YOU REDUCE THE POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY with a photo?

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  19. Hi Suresh,

    I am a great devotee of HETHE AMMA.

    The complete Hethe Habba is shown live on CTN. If that sort of a videography and still photos can be taken ,why is that the KODE snap is NOT SUPPOSED to be exposed?

    Please give me some logical reasons.

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  20. who gave u the snap? umberlla… u r not suppose to expose it like this.

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  21. Prabhu Krishna Murthy

    Wonderful work by our ayyas, annas.. its really interesting to know about our community… it will be a splendid job to bring out more true facts about our history….

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  22. this site is very useful so that many people around the world can know that there is a community called BADAGA …..

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  23. PDF format which you have sent it to me is not openning. It contain some error. Could you send it again.

    JP replies : #

    Hethai Amman history – pdf download
    A lot of friends have been asking me to send them the ‘Complete History of HETHAI AMMA’. You can download the same from this link here The download size is about 3.8MB. Please remember that you should have installed one of the (free) pdf readers like FOXIT, PDF -XChange Viewer, Adobe Reader on your system to open and read the downloaded file ! May HETHAI Amma bless you !

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  24. Thiyagraj Chandran of Meedhane writes :

    “I just went through badaga.wordpress website. It was really very nice. Lots of information…Great Job. I would like to have ethai amman story in pdf format. Please send the same it would help to learn more”.

    Thank you Thiyagu – the PDF link is being sent to you.

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  25. Hope to give the English tranaslation soon

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  26. Being in Tamil, its very difficult to read and the letters are very hard to identify, so if there is a possiblity, please translate the version into English, so that everyone can read ‘the history of Hethai ‘

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  27. This is really awesome,the site is very informative infact i came to know lot about our community by surfing this site.
    I hope to see more coming in the website in the near future.

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  28. Hi Rathesh,

    Thanks a lot. Hope to add more ‘stuff’ soon.

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  29. rathesh bellieraj

    Really awesome.Great job.Can you put some more stuff…

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  30. Hi Halan Moorthy,
    Thanks for your comments.
    It would be wonderful to get hold of that “Iyya’s” writings for that may throw a lot of light about Badagas.
    The ‘beauty’ of our community is the fact that no correct info/proof is available about our origin.
    Though many researchers have “concluded’ that Badagas have migrated from Mysore area about 400 years ago, I strongly believe that our origin is much more older.

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  31. Great site. Fascinating and very informative. Well done!
    I remember many years ago ( perhaps early 80s) there was a badaga scholar who researched and edited a journal called ‘Aarachi’. It dealt with the origin and evolution of the badada language. Sadly I dont remember that ‘Iyya’s’ name but distinctly remember the journal itself which had some fascinating articles and facts.
    For instance, there was some evidence to the theory that our cultural practices and language was strickingly similar to those who lived in Masopotomia (one of the earliest civilisations).
    Now, I am no historian but it does make one wonder whether we do indeed know everything about our origin. Perhaps not everything, I guess. I wonder if any one else has detailed knowledge about this ?!

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