Order and Disorder in Sangam Poems: On the Basics of Paanar-Puluvar Tradition

சங்கக் கவிதைகளில் ஒழுங்கும் ஒழுங்கின்மையும்: பாணர் - புலவர் மரபை முன்வைத்து

  • N Murugesapandian Former Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Ganesar College of Arts and Science, Melasivapuri, Pudukottai District, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Sangam Literature, Sangam Period, Ancient Tamils Life, Purananuru, Paanar-Pulavar Tradition, Social Values, Virtue, Order, Immorality


The theory of law, which deals with supernatural powers, shaped the myth of the celestial sphere. Religions that justify birth and gender segregation and produce slave bodies to adapt to the prevailing social conditions. Orders created to protect the power and interests of the rulers are influential in the name of rules from time to time. When one insists on order, disorder automatically reigns. When laying down rules as to what should be strictly followed, what should be excluded is defined as irregularity. In the Sangam Age Tamils insisted on the rules to be followed in practical life, contrary to the rules of good and bad. Such orders, in turn, were called virtues. At the same time the notion that disorder is anti-social as a whole was emphasized. Rules and exemptions are widely used to emphasize order and disorder in the interests of those who economically dominate society. The order and disorder recorded by the Sangam literary works have become the social document of ancient Tamils.

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