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and the `funeral bed’ will be carried by the people from the same clan to the burial ground. All the relatives of the deceased follow the funeral procession which is accompanied by a group of musical instrument; players who sing a `sa:vu pa:u with their respective instruments. As an accompaniment to the `sa:vu pa:u’ those who follow the funeral procession dance according to the tune of the music. On arrival at the burial place, the funeral bed is placed on the ground.
Before the funeral procession reaches the burial ground a rectangular pit of 6 to 9 feet depth and 4 feet width is made ready for the burial of the body. The dead body along with the `funeral bed’ is kept by the side of the pit and the `sa:vu pa:u’ and dance continue till the actual burial takes place. Burial Ground
`koppe’ or `koppe ku:re is the general name used for a burial ground. Separate `koppe ku:re’ is available for each clan. Following is the list of different burial grounds allotted to different clans.
clan name Name of the burial ground
i) kalkai mu:le koppe
ii) kuRungä vëya:R koppe
iii) uppilige vengiya koppe
iv) sambarä ka:reppene koppe
v) pe:radavä veisi koppe
vi) kuppä vende koppe
vii) de:vaä malli koppe
viii) veagä malli koppe
ix) pungä ka:Re pee
x) kouvä kallambaayam koppe
xi) ko:igä ma:mannu:ru koppe
xii) po:rigä veisi koppe
It is observed that the `koppe ku:re’ named `veisi koppe’ is common to the clans `peradavä’ and `porigä’. Similarly, `malli koppe’ is shared by `devaä’ and `vegä’. There is no valid explanation for such sharing of the burial ground. Both `veisi koppe’ and `malli koppe’ are divided into two halves each and one half of `veisi kope’ is meant for the persons from `pe:radavä’ and the other half is utilised by `po:rigä’. Similarly, half of `malli koppe’ is utilised by `de:vaä’ and the other half is meant for the persons from the clan `veagä’.






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