Aa and its Nature in Sangam Literature

சங்க இலக்கியத்தில் ஆவும் அதன் தன்மையும்

  • M Sankareswari Assistant Professor, G.Venkataswamy Naidu College (Autonomous), Kovilpatti. Affiliated With Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu,India https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8154-5074
Keywords: Sangam Literature, Aa, Cow, animals, Pettram, Marai


In the Sangam period, the creature cow was not called as a cow. They were called as “Aa”. The ancients did not classify as animals. That is because people saw it spiritual as wealth. Today people who have money are called rich. But in ancient times, people who had more cows were considered wealthy. They valued and protected what was considered wealth. The wars of Vetschi and Karanthai were occurred because to cows. These cows are becoming obsolete nowdays. Apart from that they refer to Aa Madu. People have now subsumed under the category of animals what was not subsumed under animal. The Sanga scriptures talk about the cows in ancient times, their types and their nature.

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