The Traditional Kerala Manor

Achitecture of a South Indian Cathusala House

Henri Schildt

Collection : Collection Indologie

Collection's number: 117

Edition: EFEO, Institut français de Pondichéry (IFP)

Publication date: 2012

Status : Se renseigner auprès de l'éditeur


ISBN-13 : 978-2-85539-126-7

ISSN : 0073-8352

Width : 21 cm

Height : 28 cm

Weight : 1,4 kg

Number of pages : 474

Distributor : EFEO Pondichéry Contact :, distributeur online :, distributeur Chennai :

Geography : Inde

Language : Anglais

Place : Pondichéry

Support : Papier

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This Work describes the feudal late medieval high-caste Kerala house. It lays particular emphasis upon the so-called `four-house’ mansion, called catuhsala in Sanskrit and nalukettu in Malayam, the vernacular of Kerala. This palatial kind of mansion is regarded as ritually `complete’ and, as such, appropriate ― according to local Sankrit treatise on architecture ―, to the feudal clergy, royalty and aristocracy. The work describes the architecture of thirty historic houses of this type, highlighting their relation to Sanskritic architectural theory and to brahminical codes of daily life and ritual. It concludes with an attempt to present an overview of the notion of the architectural and ritual space of these houses as a microcosm.


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