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a Dravidian language closely related to Tamil that is spoken in a hilly section of southwestern India

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The Irula cultic places are of two kinds: small local jungle shrines close to or at some distance from a settlement, called gudi, usually dedicated to the Irula toga; and a few more important shrines, not "belonging" to a particular settlement but functioning as pilgrimage centers, some of which also function as Hindu temples.
I thought we were going to be walking in meadows,'' Irula said.
But herpetologist Romulus Whitaker helped the tribe establish the Irula Cooperative Venom Center as a way of preserving their traditional way of life and well-being.
60-61 (the Kurumba, as described by Kapp and Hockings, and the Irula, us described by me).
Speaking only for myself, I shall note here two short papers that Hockings failed to notice: "Etymological and Cultural Notes on Irula Lexis," in Ex Pede Pontis (Prague, 1992), 279--87; and "Irula Songs," PILC Journal of Dravidic Studies 5.
However, at the end of the twentieth century, we are able to offer, thanks to the unprecedented flourishing of Nilgiri areal studies in its second half, an "informed understanding" not only of the Todas, Kotas, and Badagas, but also of "the various Irula and Kurumba groups living on the extremities"--an age-old picture which survived until the middle of this century, but is fast changing and disappearing, as may be seen from some of the essays in this volume.
wasy, Irula uli, Alu Kurumba oli) belongs to a Nilgiri microareal semantic group, the non-Nilgiri etyma meaning 'to flow; river, current'.
In phonology, Toda and Kota, Irula, Palu Kurumba, Betta Kurumba, and Paniya, as well as probably Sholega, have preserved contrast between dental, alveolar, and retroflex stops and even trills.
A charming story making use of the motif is the Irula narrative on puli-gili "tiger or something (like it)," cf.
I fully agree; this, I believe, is true of all Kurumba groups, as well as of the Irula population.
150, Steever compares the use of echo-compounds in Tamil with similar use in Yiddish-English (fancy-shmancy; Oedipus-Shmoedipus); I would add the unforgettable "Nazi-Shmazi, says Werner yon Braun" of Tom Lehrer (1965, "The Year That Was"), and my own Irula examples of puli-gili 'some kind of tiger or other', 'sort of a tiger, a tiger of sorts', or vadane ka:yi gidane ka:yi 'brinjal and some other vegetables' / 'a kind of brinjal or something like it'.
They are tribals, known as Irulas, and their people are mostly illiterate.
Marginalised groups such as the Dalits and Irulas, who face the most terrible forms of deprivation and abuse under normal circumstances, required special attention.
The social profile of Kaverirajapuram consists mostly of landless Dalits and Irulas, a tribal community.