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What are some things about Tamil culture that everyone should know?

!*MohaMed*! Aug 2, 2017

  1. !*MohaMed*!

    !*MohaMed*! New Member

    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Social Organisation[/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Tamil people used to live with large families together though now the global scenario has shifted towards having a nuclear family. There were multiple caste variations as well - mostly on the type of job one person did. The same was followed throughout generations. People did not shift their line of work.[/font]

    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]It is notable to mention a saying, "யாதும் ஊரே, யாவரும் கேளிர்" which means every place is our village and every person is our family.  [/font]

    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Customs & traditions[/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Tamil people wear sarees and veshtis. Silk is loved a lot. They greet each other saying [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Vanakkam [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]while joining the palms together in front of the chest. We eat on banana leaves and vegetarianism is celebrated. [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Thai Pongal[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,] is one of the major Tamil festivals - this gives evidence that majority of the people were farmers back then. Mango, jackfruit and banana ([/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]mukkani[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]) are the three types of commonly used/consumed fruits.[/font]

    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Language[/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Tamil is the only language spoken around the culture. The inception dates back millenniums that they say "கல் தோன்றி மண் தோன்றா காலத்திற்கு முன் தோன்றிய மூத்தத் தமிழ்" which translates to the language that [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]appeared[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,] before stone was ground to sand ("appeared" indicating that it had no involvement of humans - it is divine). [/font]

    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Art & literature[/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]This part is what defines Tamil as a classical language. Classics and some work of Tamil literature dates back into eras of which exact historical accounts does not exist. The [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]The Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,] called "[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Aimperumkāppiyaṅkaḷ[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]"  are [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]seevaka sinthamani[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,], [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]valaiyapathi[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,], [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]kundalakesi[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,], [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]silappathikaram[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,] and [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]manimekalai[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,].[/font]

    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Religion[/font]
    [/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Tamil culture and Hinduism are deeply related. A lot of traditions and customs are similar. Hinduism is an integral religion in Tamil culture. Hinduism and it's sub divides such as Saivam and Vainavam are also part of Tamil Culture. Christianity and Islam are also followed by Tamil speakers around the world.[/font]


    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Forms of government[/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]The major clans that governed Tamil regions were the Cholas, Cheras, Pandyans and the Pallavas. Tamil people and the culture flourished during their times. The Cholas even conquered foreign land (Sri Lanka and Myanmar).[/font]


    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]Economic systems[/font]
    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]The Tamils divided the landscape into five types based on the benefits that can be reaped from them. They were known as [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]mullai[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,], [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]marutham[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,], [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]neythal[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,], [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]palai[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,] and [/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]kurinchi[/font][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]. They were respectively forest land, crop land, sea and sea shore based region, desert land and mountainous land. [/font]


    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]I've written a very short account of what everybody should know about Tamil Culture. One core factor to know would be that our culture has very long roots and was well seasoned.[/font][/font]


    [font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,][font=q_serif, Georgia, Times,]PLEASE  DONT KILL OUR CULTURE........[/font][/font]
     
  2. Ammu

    Ammu Guest

    சிறந்த பதிவு. வாழ்த்துக்கள்
     
  3. ! RaVaNaN !

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  4. Insomniac

    Insomniac Administrator Staff Member

    Can anyone post about the 5 Literature books that define Tamil Culture in the Literature Thread , take your own time but a deep insight would be really great :)
     
  5. ! RaVaNaN !

    ! RaVaNaN ! Guest

    5 ethuku OP 1 pothum antha 1 Literature ah fulla paduchale 100 Literature paduchathukku samam. 5th std la paduchathu than. Ulaga 

    Pothu Marai Nool ' ThiruKural ' Written By Thiru Valluvar. ha ha ha..... Try it  ;)
     
  6. HI Inzo and Ravanan [quote="! RaVaNaN !" pid='141' dateline='1501768952']
    5 ethuku OP 1 pothum antha 1 Literature ah fulla paduchale 100 Literature paduchathukku samam. 5th std la paduchathu than. Ulaga 

    Pothu Marai Nool ' ThiruKural ' Written By Thiru Valluvar. ha ha ha..... Try it  ;)
    [/quote]

    HI Inzo and Ravanan

    Five epics - Silapathikaram (anklet of Tamil goddess), manimegalai (Ornamental belt at hip), kundalakesi (ear rings ), valayapathi (bangles), seevaga sinthamani (gems)

    These epics mentioned like ornaments worn by Metamorphic Tamil Goddess. There is five small size Tamil epics also there.

    All these epics wrote at the end of sangam age. The Oldest one is Silapathikaram. This is like mahabharata for Tamils.

    A very important epic in Tamil history which mentioned famous kings like Nedunchezhiyan (Pandyan), Seran senguttven (Chera) and Ellala ( chozhan). This is treasure trove about ancient Tamil lifestyle. The Oldest text on Bharatnatyam, Drama, history, Tamil integration, ethics, social analysis etc all in one epic.

    The story thought is written by Ilangovadigal, a saint and also brother of Senguttven.

    The characters (Kannagi and Kovalan) started at Puhar capital of Cholas, and then to Madurai capital of Pandyas, where Kovalan got killed for crime which he didn't , so Kannagi got angry and proved to the Pandyan King that her husband is innocent, Pandyan King died after he came to know he wrongly convicted kovalan and Kannagi burn down the Madurai using her sanctity power. Kannagi then traveled to Vanji, Chera's capital and later somewhere in Kerala she became a goddess.

    Seran Senguttuven hearing this story from another Tamil Poet thought to build a temple for her. At the same time, the North Indian kings teased south Indians as they considered themselves as Aryans. He waged a war and succeed against North Indians. He brought stone from .Himalyas and cleaned in Ganges. He Built Kannagi statue with this stone.

    One PS: It was said in Silapathikaram that both Kannagi and Kovalan lived in 7 story building.
     
  7. ! RaVaNaN !

    ! RaVaNaN ! Guest

    Alpha Sir, Inzo Sir first 1 literature padikattum. Apram Neenga Sonatha Pathi think Panatum. Alpha Sir, 

    Neenga Sonnathu ellam Sari than. i just gave 1 example literature about Tamil Culture & Tradition Thats It. 
     
  8. ஐயோ இல்லைங்க இராவணன், ஒரு தகவலுக்காக பதிவிட்டேன். உண்மையில் திருக்குறள் ஆக சிறந்த நூல்
     
  9. ! RaVaNaN !

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  10. Insomniac

    Insomniac Administrator Staff Member

    Rightu Yellathayum padika vendiyathu thaan :D
     
  11. Hana

    Hana Active Member

    nice,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  12. Administrator

    Administrator Listen to the silence, See through the darkness Staff Member

    arumai :) mohamed

    அருமையான பதிவு
     
  13. பொதுவாக யாரும் மொழியைப் பெயரில் வைத்துக் கொள்ளமாட்டார்கள். ஆனால் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன், தமிழன்பன், தமிழ்ச்செல்வி என்று தமிழர்கள் வைத்துக் கொள்வார்கள்
     
  14. ! Pappu !

    ! Pappu ! New Member

    ithu ellam sonna yaru kekura...irutnthalum muyarchi thodaratum