Enraged by the arrogance and ecesses of the early Kshatriya kings, Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Parasurama (avatar of Rama with the axe), and swore to annihilate 21 generations of them. However,once this mission was accomplished, rivers of blood began to flow over the land, making it unsuitable for Brahmins to live on. Overcome with remorse, Parasurama threw his axe into the sea. Where it landed, the waters dutifully receded to creat a narrow strip of land, forming Kerala. This myth may be fanciful, but it is a fitting explanation nonetheless for the birth of a land that has come to be know as 'God's own country. The sobriquet is not linked to the myth however, but to the captivating charms of the region.