Dance Duel and its divine origins – Story of Goddess in Tamil Nadu


If you have seen Tamil movies surely you would have seen of an arrogant heroine challenged by hero to a dance duel. Hero wins it either fairly or by hook and crook. Heroine arrogance is subdued and she become a fit subordinate women from an independent arrogant one. These themes have origins in many Tamil religious traditions. These are storied of Goddess who lose their independent self to become subordinate Goddess to the Male deity. This is post to throw light on Goddess who lost their space to male counter part and story of local deities losing space to deities of organized religion. #karkanirka

Earliest reference of Krishna stealing clothes of Gopikas – Akam 59


Reading Sangam literature can always throw you some pleasant surprises. This is one of such surprise. Krishna stealing Gopika’s dress while they were bathing in Yamuna, is absent in any of Sanskrit litertaure before 5th century and the earliest available literature for the theme is available only in Sangam literature. Below lines for Agananooru are the earliest available lines on this motif.

What can you do? Sivavakkiyam 6


Transient nature of life becomes the theme of Sivavakkiyar’s poem here. Sivavakkiyar is considered to be one of the greatest Shidda poets along side Thirumoolar and Pattinathar. His poems questions Hindu religious structure, Brahmanical supremacy, idol worship, authority of Vedas and Agamas, caste systems. He has written around 520 poems. Below poem questions the madness of love and love for oneself/body.