The word 'Thiyya' originates from "Dweepan" which means a person living on an island. They are a community of Kerala in Malabar. The Malabar Thiyya group have claimed a higher ranking in the Hindu caste system. The Thiyyas of North Malabar were Marumakkathayis. As per the customs it makes women dominant in their homes and in society, rare in other parts of the country. Dowry was unheard of and women shared every aspect of social and cultural life with men as their equals. The Thiyyas do not worship in temples however respect and pay obeisance to their ancestors. Their wedding rituals are similar to the Kerala Wedding which is the shortest of all Hindu weddings. The wedding rituals usually begin with Vivaha Nischayam the announcement of the engagement,followed by Ayana, a pre-nuptial blessing of the bride. The bride and groom are blessed by all followed by the Kalyanam or Vivaham that is the wedding ceremony. After the rituals are completed the reception is attended by all the guests as a post wedding celebration. Distinct to this community is the ritual of Thali kettu kalyanam, which is a mock marriage ceremony. A thaali is a gold necklacewhich is to be tied around the bride's neck. This tying rite takes place before the onset of puberty. In this ceremony, the Thiyya brides are forced to marry a man from the same community, whose horoscope matches. This man is simply her "mock" husband, and can leave her after the completion of the ritual.