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Chavettupada

 
In the feudal society of Kerala there were suicide squads, whose motto was to kill or get killed. These dare-devil type of soldiers were known as Chavettupada. The members of the squads were dedicated to the presiding deities of famous temples and the soldiers were supposed to carry out the orders of the goddess in fighting the enemies. The soldiers were given rigorous training in the martial arts and were maintained for the protection of famous temples. The tendency to give physical training to the whole society resulted in many disastrous consequences like constant enmity between classes and the resultant bloodshed. But training in physical fitness helped in keeping a healthy community.


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