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Who was Ayyappilli Asan?

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Carlton Burgess on January 10, 2020

Ayyappilli Asan was the author of RamaKatha pattu (Rama katha paattu), an elaborate and massive epic on the theme of Ramayana. It has a folk language and literary style indicating an era dating back beyond the 13th century. Ayyappilli Asan was a teacher from traditional astrologer's community, Kaniyan (Ganaka), who lived near vizhinjam (near the capital city of Kerala, Trivandrum), a place where the headquarters of "Ay" kingdom had once been stationed. Ayyappilli refers to learning centers during the period of the Ay dynasty. "Palli" is a term that denotes the school in Pali language, Buddhist culture. Asan means the Acharya or preceptor, who teaches to the students.

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