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From: Mani Varadarajan (
Date: Tue May 11 1999 - 09:37:06 PDT

> Similarly our great acharyas like Nammazhwar(The first and foremost
> acharya), Thirumangaiazhwar, Thirupaanazhvar, Manavala Maamunigal
> etc etc etc were not brahmins(I mean iyer/iyengars).

Just to clarify so that people don't get misinformation.
While Nammalvar, Thirumangai, and Thiruppaan were not
brahmins (veLLaaLa, kaLLa, and paaNa respectively), 
maNavALa maamunigaL was born into a vaDama brahmin family.