The Kodavas have traditionally lived in the Kodagu precinct of the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Their mode of dress, rituals, and physical appearance differ in many ways from that of many of their other neighbors in the south. Traditionally a community that subsisted on farming (rice and later coffee, among other crops), many of the ceremonies of the Kodavas revolve around the harvest calendar. Their wedding rituals, in particular, provide a fascinating look into the agricultural underpinnings of this unique group of people. This article documents the details of a two-day wedding ceremony held outside Madikeri, the capital of Kodagu, with a special emphasis on the culinary traditions on display.
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Research Article| November 01 2012
A Kodava Wedding
rohan kamicheril is the editor of Words without Borders, the online magazine for literature in translation. He also edited the anthology The Wall in My Head, a commemorative volume celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain. He lives in New York City.
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Gastronomica (2012) 12 (4): 55–60.
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rohan kamicheril; A Kodava Wedding. Gastronomica 1 November 2012; 12 (4): 55–60. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/GFC.2012.12.4.55
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