Tamil Beliefs and Customs as Found in an Anthology of Akananuru: A Classical Literature

By Arulselvan Raju.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Tamil literature is an ancient literature. It is also known as Cankam literature and classified as classical literature because from the earliest times it has not been expanded. This literature has a long history back to 3 A.D. Cankam literature as a classical literature included various anthologies and poems. The anthologies are Ettuttokai (Eight Anthology) and Pattuppattu (Ten Idylls) which contains more than two thousand poems. They are the main source of information to know about the Tamils history, their social life, economy activities, games, custom, beliefs, wars and religion. The purpose of this paper is to discuss about Tamils beliefs and customs during classical period as seen in Akananuru work. The discussion will use the anthology of Akananuru as main source with cankam poems as cross reference and will compare it with current one.

Keywords: Cankam, Anthology Akananuru, Tamil Beliefs and Customs

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.47-58. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 641.186KB).

Arulselvan Raju

Lecturer, Centre For Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, University Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

I am a lecturer teaching Tamil as a foreign language to non-native speakers and study skills. I am having 24 year of teaching experience ( 3 yrs secondary scholl teacher, 14 yrs of teacher trainer and currently (7 yrs) as university lecturer). My first degree in Indian Studies and History, while my masters is Tamil classical literature. I just submitted my Ph.d thesis (The Study of Flora and Fauna Metaphor in Akananuru). My interest is do researh in teaching of Tamil as first language and foreign language and also Tamil literature (classical and modern). I had presented researh paper based on my interest in international conferences.

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