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  1. Menon

    Menon is a subcaste of the Nair community of Kerala, India, and was an honorific hereditary title, often used as an affix to one's name, bestowed by the various Kings of Kerala to the members of certain classes of Nairs. The recipient of the title held it lifelong, and his family held it in perpetuity along the matrilineal line. Historically, a person granted the title of Menon was presented with an Ola, a palm-leaf manuscript for writing on, and a stylus – as the symbols of an accountant. The Menons were engaged in various administrative duties, such as being scribes and accountants, in service of the Kings of Kerala.

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