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A 75-year-old tribal woman Lakshmikutty Amma received Padma Shri award - Tollybeats

A 75-year-old tribal woman Lakshmikutty Amma received Padma Shri award

Updated | January 28, 2018 12:26 IST

Lakshmikutty Amma, who is a famous poison healer practicing traditional medicine, told ANI, "I feel happy that my country accepted me. I haven't felt happier. The District Collector called and informed me that I was selected for Padma Shri. I am in this field for last 50 years and the Kerala government recognized my work and awarded me as well. A few of the people had claimed that I would win the Padma Shri award".

Amma, who also writes poems, dramas and is a teacher in folklore academy, revealed that she got this knowledge from her mother who was a traditional midwife. She belongs to Kaani tribe and can remember more than 500 varieties of medicine. She has attained the education of 3rd forum and knows Sanskri

Amma, whose husband died two years back, stays alone in the forest and grows medicinal plants around her house. Her two sons passed away and the third one is working in the Railways.

"My mother was also a traditional medicine practitioner. She was a midwife. My mother passed down the knowledge to me. I keenly watch the nature, it has all the remedies. Even animals and fish have medicinal power", she added.

 

 

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