Kamban's Aryan

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 23 12:58:26 UTC 1998

        The situation from Kamban's RAmAyaNa, described by N.Ganesan,
not give any ground for such generalization. Hanuman speaks with Seethai
the forest of Asoka trees just because SHE IS A WOMAN, and the antaHpura
not a place to speak Sanskrit! In the Mbh there is a story of Indra's
attempt to seduce RucI, wife of a RSi. To prevent it, the RSi's pupil
leaves his own body and keeps guard inside the body of RucI. When Indra
gallantly addresses the beauty, Vipula answers him in her voice. Indra
greatly astonished to hear correct Sanskrit speech from a woman (even
wife of a great Brahmin sage)! He immediately understands that some
person speaks through her mouth.

  Thanks, Prof. Vassilkov.

  Tamil poets from the sangam classical era pay
  devotion to Tamil. Kamban, the greatest Tamil
  poet, just uses that idea. To relieve pain
  and comfort Seetha, Hanuman uses Tamil to soothe
  her. That's all.

  Devotion to Tamil continues. Old habits die hard. :-)

  N. Ganesan

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