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According to Kumar (2005)[1], “Besides, the writings of earlier anthropologists like Thurston (1909), Krishna Iyer (1939), and Thomas (1958) too do not point to any sort of sexual relations in the ca_vat[i [male dormitory system] [which] creates a distance between the two sexes rather than uniting them to transgress the community’s rule and have premarital or extramarital sexual relations. [Kumar points out] the multitude of functions of the ca_vat[i against the viewpoint that youth dormitories were merely ‘systems’ to regulate the pre-marital affairs of youth before marriage, by establishing a temporary relationship between boys and girls, and to prevent the children from their parent’s sexual life [sic]”.







Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. Volume I. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology, Berlin

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[1]Kumar, S. V. Sajith (2005) Cavati- a case study of Muthuvar youth dormitory system, The Anthropologist 7,1:61-68 []