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As per the dharmasasthas, custom is an accepted way
of behaviour or doing things in a society or community.
It can be a practice, a habit, a way of living or performance.
Usually when learned men do some thing, others follow the
begin when a society recognizes a set of rules intended for
its common bebefit. High-quality thoughts, ideologies and
conduct rules are thus made customs through continuous practice
and precedence. Customs teach mankind how to lead a
life filled with truth, kindness, duty, love, devotion and
affection. When these customs get the backing and support
of religions they become unbreakable. These noble virtues
are enabled him to watch and follow rules and rituals of neighboring
locality/country and accept whatever practices are good for
his community. Hence, the desire of the people to keep such
belief and practice without error and omissions will persist.
The ruling pattern of Kerala was based on Hindu principles
and practices. The Kerala rulers accepted the code rules
of the ancient books and the precedence followed as the basis
for their administration. It was also believed
that one who rejected the customs would not attain purity
forever even though he was a scholar in four vedas
and six vedangas Many
communities belonging to Hindu religion inherited several
Shodasacharas (16 customs from pregnancy to death)
of Brahmins (Namboothiris). The only difference
is that Brahmins practice them with hymns and rituals.
However, the customs like untouchability, matrilineal system,
Thalikettu Marriage, Sambandham, Pulappedi etc.
came to an end. Other practices are still in force without
major changes. To a certain extent, they got modified
periodically in due course of time.