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  • Ezhavathy are a sub-caste in Kerala. They are traditionally barbers to the Ezhava caste, and would not work for any other class, even the Nampootiri Brahmins, and are ranked along with the Velakkathala Nayar and Nassuvan. The caste also serves as priests to the Iluvar caste, and performed funerary rites for the Tiyya caste in Kerala. As of 2003, Ezhavathy are classified as an Other Backward Class by the government of Kerala. Wikipedia