Traditional Martial Art (02:02)
Kalaripayattu dates back over 2,500 years. Bernard Fontanille travels to the village of Aruvaayi and discovers a training gym; Vinod Kumar is a Kalaripayattu Master.
Kastenayar warriors were the first to practice the traditional martial art; the English banned it until 1947. Boys and girls of all castes can learn Kalaripayattu. Vinod explains that Kalaripayattu is good for the whole body; he trains every day.
Kalari Massage (02:50)
In the kalari, trainees learn to fight and treat others. Vinod performs a massage with medicinal oils to treat the nervous system.
Kumar Healer (02:07)
During monsoon season, Kerala residents receive 80% of the yearly rainfall in two months. Vinay Kumar prepares traditional remedies. The Indian government promotes traditional medicines.
Medicinal Plants (03:34)
Vinay and Fontanille visit an herb shop to purchase herbs that do not grow in the region; Vinay learned from his father.
Traditional Remedy (02:45)
Vinay teaches Fontanille how to prepare kashayam. They combine the kashayam with sesame oil.
Traditional Treatments (03:26)
Vinay and Vinod work together on a trainee, but Fontanille senses a distance between them. Kalaripayattu warriors provide care to the community; Vinod treats a man with rheumatism.
Healing Methods (05:15)
Every day, Vinay prays to the divinities, asking for their presence in the kalari. The Brahman developed an expertise in healing without surgery. Vinay prepares a "plaster-like" bandage that Vinod uses on a woman's wrist.
Credits: India I: The Healers Warriors—World Medicine (00:22)
Credits: India I: The Healers Warriors—World Medicine
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