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The Ancient Dravidian culture of South India included distinct, yet similar traditions and practices, intensely followed by usually small but tight groups. Rituals vary drastically from region to region, even though elements such as characteristics of Gods, sacrifices, and themes of violence and love are present throughout the land. Typically, a certain tradition was carried forward by a single tribe, before the arrival of outside influences diluted the tribal system and led to an intermixing of identity. Some practices, however, have remained virgin, at least in their essence; still being carried out with the primordial passion of the Ancient Dravidians. The Koothantavar cult is one such ancient Tamil folklore tradition that venerates Aravan, a deity of Third Genders.