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More recent arrivals were the Baghdadi Jews, so called because they are chiefly descended from Iraqi Jews who migrated to India during the British Raj, between 150 - 250 years ago.India's most prominent Jewish community—considered one of the oldest in the world east of Iran—remains the one in Kochi.
Demand for spices used in seasoning and preservation in the West spurred trade with India for cardamom, ginger, turmeric, saffron, nutmeg, and clove.
Later Greek and Roman traders made their way to the coast, calling at the port of Muziris, the most important of 20 ports on the west coast of India.
Arab and African ships also came to trade along a coast which was rich in spices, then as now, especially pepper.
Despite Kerala's willingness to embrace foreign cultures, it is also a deeply traditional place, home to some of the oldest human rituals, unbroken 5000-year-old traditions of classical learning ranging from theology to boat building to medicine to the fine arts.
Well before Yoga and ayurvedic medicine became popular in the West, a highly developed school of traditional healing remained a mainstay of Kerala culture—it now attracts visitors looking for alternatives to modern western medicine.
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Many retain their own languages, which are distinct from the main Northern and Southern Indian language groups. It is mentioned in papyrus contracts dating back to the 2nd century CE in the West, and is recorded in Tamil poetry of that time.