Group: Indid


Indid subtype, with a position intermediate between North Indid and Gracile Indid, mainly found in the plains of Malabar. Typical for Tiyer / Ezhava, Mukkaver, Kammalan, Nairs, and similar medium ranked castes of Kerala. The special features of this type have usually not been regarded as a result of mixture, but as a local variety.

Physical Traits:

Medium brown skin, strait or wavy hair. Rather short, mesoskelic, ectomorph. Dolicho-mesocephalic, mildly hypsicranic. Mildly leptorrhine, prominent, straight, and long nose. Overall coarse, angular facial features, but gracile bodies. Faces are long with the lower face appearing short, especially in women.


Eickstedt (1929,1934,1937) identified this variety after he had traveled India for three years and measured thousands of individuals, he placed it between North and Gracile Indid. Usually part of Gracile Indid (Bernhard, 1983) or Peninsular Indid (Biasutti, 1967).

Similar types:

North Indid Mountain Indid
Malabarese Gracile Indid
Sinhalesid Toda
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