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Seven Reasons Why Thottianur Women are Half-nacked

November 14, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Social    Views: 1095

Religious superstitions are still much powerful on most of the people of India. You may be shocked to know that women of a whole village do not wear blouse even in this 21st century.


I was shocked when I came to know about the women of a whole village not wearing any dress on their breasts in this 21st century. Religious superstitions are still much powerful on most of the people of India.

"When our Goddess is not hiding her breasts why should our women wear blouse and hide their breasts?" ask the people of the Thottianur village in Salem district, in South India. It is not far away from Salem, one of the busiest cities of South India. The villagers strongly believe that if their women wear blouse the patron goddess of their village Bommakka will curse them and cause them serious troubles.

Women live half naked without a blouse or bra to hide their breasts. It is not because of poverty or any other reason. They say that it is just the will of their patron goddess whose statue appears without any dress hiding her breasts. They strongly believe that if they wear blouse or bra, their goddess will get angry and punish them severely. If the women wear blouse, their Thottianaikar caste elders will banish them from the community.

Seven reasons for Thottianur village women not wearing blouse or bra

1) The main reason for this custom is that the people of Thottianur strongly believe that their patron deity, goddess Bommakka, does not like women wearing blouse. Her statue also appears without any dress hiding her breasts. They prefer to be bear-breasted than being cursed by the deity.

2) It has been their tradition for centuries that their women should not wear blouse or bra. Traditionally, girls stop wearing blouse once they reach puberty. They strongly fear that going against the goddess would invite her wrath.

3) Originally this Thottianaikkar caste people migrated from Andhra and settled in the South, during the period of Naikka kings in the 15th century. Even today, most of the women who work as agriculturist laborers do not wear anything on their breast.

4) The caste system of India had been forbidding women of many castes from wearing anything on their breast. It has been a tradition that widows stop wearing blouses when their husbands die. Though education and social reformations have brought changes in most of the castes, this Thottianaikkar caste is still holding the tradition of not wearing a blouse.

5) Though most of the women who belong to this Thottianaikkar caste in other villages nearby are wearing blouse, a few villages like Thottianur have not stopped their tradition. A remarkable example to cite here should be that EVR Periyar, the great reformist of South India who fought against superstitions, belonged to this caste.

6) Fearing that their daughters may change this custom, the villagers do not even send them out of their villages for high school studies. Most of the girls, who study in the local primary school, stop their studies even before reaching fifth grade. The village rules are too hard to adapt any fashion in dress.

7) Actually the girls of the village, who enjoy the entertainment with televisions, long for fashions in dress; but their desire has to die in their heart because of the village control.



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