In the Kars ceremony, the Todas go on the appointed day to the kota village, headed by a man carrying the clarified butter.
The bride is taken to the house of the bridegroom, accompanied by the kota band.
The kota lands are now held on puttas under the ordinary ryotwari tenure.
We have to seek out other apprentices, but this boy from the kota came of himself and asked us to take him.
The carcase of the bull was saluted by a few of the kota men, and subsequently carried off by Pariahs.
For a kota funeral, the Badagas have to give five rupees or a quantity of rice, and a buffalo.
They then go on into the forest to find another tree named “kota.”
Colonel Ross King narrates5 how he once saw a kota carrying home a dead rat, thrown out of a stable a day or two previously.
They should avoid pollution, and may not attend a Toda or Badaga funeral, or approach the seclusion hut set apart for kota women.
As darkness set in, the shrill music, which penetrated to my hotel, attracted me to the kota village.