[INDOLOGY] What is a "Mana" ?

Elliot Stern emstern at verizon.net
Sun Nov 9 19:42:50 UTC 2014

Generally, a mana is a Nambutiri brahman house.  According to http://malayalamenglishdictionary.com:
മന (mana)	
house, abode, house of a Malayali Brahmin, wife.

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On 09 Nov  2014, at 14:22, Harry Spier <hspier.muktabodha at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear list members,
> We have some old microfilm in our archives which is labelled as having been taken some at Nedumpilli Mana, Taikkat Mana and Kavapramarth Mana.
> I've found this website "Famous Manas in Kerala" 
> http://www.karmakerala.com/guide/famous-manas-in-kerala-guide.html
> which lists Nedumpilli Mana amoung others but I'm still not clear what exactly is meant by a "Mana".  Is it an extended family home?, the center of a religious sect?, a religious school? or something else.
> Apologies if this is an elementary question, any help would be appreciated.
> Harry Spier
> Manager, Muktabodha Digital Library
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