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No religion can be said to be predominant in the district of Wayanad. The different religious groups of the state are more or less equally represented. A characteristic aspect of Wayanad is a large Adivasi population. Though they are in the Hindu fold, primitive forms of worship still prevail among them. Ancestral worship and offerings to propitiate the spirits of ancestors are still prevalent. Two deities commonly worshipped by the Adivasis are Thampuratty and Vettakkorumakan.They also worship the Hindu gods of various temples in the district. Adivasis do not have any temple of their own. Paniyar, Adiyan, Kurichyar, Kurumar, Kattunaicker, Kadan and Oorali are the different aboriginal tribes of Wayanad.
Some of the centuries old temples and their brahmin settlements suggest the earliest attempts that were made to bring the Adivasis under the Hindu religious fold. The Thirunelli and Valliyoorkavu temples, which are known outside Wayanad as the temples of Adivasis, are in fact of run by Hindu settlers with the help of brahmin priests.
Another interesting fact about Wayanad is that it is the only district in Kerala where the Jain religion still has a presence. Wayanad has a small Jain community consisting of the Gounders who came from Karnataka. They have built beautiful temples all over the district.
Almost all sections of Christianity are well represented. The Syrian Catholics have their Bishops house at Sulthan Bathery and the Roman Catholics have their own at Mananthavady. The Bishops house of the Jacobite Syrian Church is at Meenangadi. One forth of the population of Wayanad is constituted by Christians. A section of Kurichyas of Mananthavady has been converted to Christianity.
Muslims constitute another one forth of the population. They are Mappilas who came from Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. A large number of them are labourers. Muslim women labourers are a usual sight here. Hindus of different castes like Nairs, Thiyyas, etc. who settled here from different parts of Kerala, form the rest of the population.
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