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Rural Tamil Nadu, India

15 years ago we were in Tamil Nadu and it seemed a rather backward region, ages away from western states. Now after only 15 years it has developed into a modern, in many fields globalized state. This does not only refer to IT-city Bangalore, but to most parts of Tamil Nadu. Then we could only drive with an old Ambassador car (there were only Ambassadors at that time) at 20 km per hour on most streets, because they were in such a poor condition, modern cars drive at 120 km per hour over modern motorways today.
There are still a few bullock carts, but they have rubber wheels today. And also many new houses have been built. I have tried to catch a glimpse of a few relics from the past, when I took photos of some traditional houses. But I want to stress that even in the villages these houses are the exception not the rule. Take a trip with me into Tamil Nadu´s quickly vanishing past. Have a full preview of my book about Dravidian deities (120 pages with lots of photos) in German: AYYANAR UND MARIAMMAN, DRAVIDISCHE SCHUTZGÖTTER IN SÜDINDIEN and in English: Christa Neuenhofer, AYYANAR AND MARIAMMAN, FOLK DEITIES IN SOUTH INDIA (see below).
AYYANAR UND MARIAMMAN, DRAVIDISCHE SCHUTZGÖTTER IN SÜDINDIEN by Christa Neuenhofer | Make Your Own Book

AYYANAR AND MARIAMMAN, FOLK DEITIES IN SOUTH INDIA by Christa Neuenhofer | Make Your Own Book

The English book also exists in a low-cost version as an ebook . ISBN: 978-1457955617: http://store.blurb.com/ebooks/417542-ayyanar-and-mariamman-folk-deities-in-south-india
Namana Samudram village.
Namana Samudram village.
Namana Samudram village.
Namana Samudram village.
Inside a house in Namana Samudram.
Inside a house in Namana Samudram.
Inside a house in Namana Samudram.
Inside a house in Namana Samudram.
Grainaries in Namana Samudram.
Grainaries in Namana Samudram.
Small temple chariot in Namana Samudram.
Small temple chariot in Namana Samudram.
Near Chidambaram.
Near Chidambaram.
Near Chidambaram.
Near Chidambaram.
Inside the house.
Inside the house.
Farm near Salem.
Farm near Salem.
Fodder for the only cow is prepared.
Fodder for the only cow is prepared.
In Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
In Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
In Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
In Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Deserted house in Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Deserted house in Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Deserted house in Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Deserted house in Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Former kitchen in Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Former kitchen in Thalai Solai, near Yercaud.
Lady from Thalai Solai.
Lady from Thalai Solai.
On the way to Palakadu, Salem District.
On the way to Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
An old lady inside her house in Palakadu.
An old lady inside her house in Palakadu.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
Old lady in Palakadu.
Old lady in Palakadu.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
Inside a house in Palakadu.
Inside a house in Palakadu.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In the remote village Palakadu, Salem District.
In a village near Pondicherry.
In a village near Pondicherry.
In a village near Pondicherry.
In a village near Pondicherry.
In a village near Pondicherry.
In a village near Pondicherry.
Near Pondicherry.
Near Pondicherry.
Near Mamallapuram.
Near Mamallapuram.
At a Mariamman temple near Mamallapuram.
At a Mariamman temple near Mamallapuram.
Paddy fields near Mamallapuram.
Paddy fields near Mamallapuram.
Paddy fields near Mamallapuram.
Paddy fields near Mamallapuram.
Paddy fields near Mamallapuram.
Paddy fields near Mamallapuram.