Hero meets Heroine in festival…gives her gift and seduces her…. Kurunthokai 223
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
Fifth of the ten poems from Nachiyar Thirumozhi – Vin Neela Mellappu (sky blue cloth). Love theme of Sangam transformed … More
Third of the ten poems from Nachiyar Thirumozhi – Vin Neela Mellappu (sky blue cloth). Love theme of Sangam transformed … More
How Sangam literature saved Kalaingar Karunanithi’s political career 50 years ago!
This poem is the ninth poem of series of 10 poems from Ainkurunooru with reference to wild boar. These poems … More
What is true fame? Poet’s advice to his ruler 2000 years ago!
Pretty much describes Tamil Nadu’s current situation!
Brahmins were respected for their negotiation skill during Sangam age and were valued as messengers. There is a puram poem where a Brahmin stopped war just thorugh his negotiation. He our hero who is full of love asks Brahmin messenger a crazy question. After all love makes a person crazy.
Kasumalai and our most famous Sami Dollar (Murugan dollar, Aaiyappan dollar) are probably effect of our trade with Rome. An article which traces back the roots of 2 Indian ornaments.
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.
Use of Kumki elephants referenced in Thirukkural and Palamozhi Naanooru
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.