A question about the term "Iyer"
Palaniappa at AOL.COM
Sat May 16 03:31:13 UTC 1998
In a message dated 98-05-15 20:07:31 EDT, barathi at PC.JARING.MY writes:
<< The earliest reference to this word, that one
can think of occurs in the "TholkAppiyam".
In the "KaRpu iyal", verse #4 mentions it.
"Poyyum valzuvum thOnRiya pinnar,
Aiyar yAththanar karaNam enba"
This with reference to mariage regulations.
At one time the "KaLaviyal" form of love,
living together as husband and wife was in vogue.
Boy meets girl and they decide to become husband and
In this custom, a lot of deceit, and wrongs
crept in. So, after that the "aiyar" compiled the
set-rules. So say the ancient ones.
When TholkAppiyar says that someone else has
already said so, it would naturally mean that it was
said before his time. And the institution of the
karaNam's by the aiyar's was even earlier than the
saying was done. It could mean Brahmins in general. >>
There is no need to assume tolkAppiyar meant brahmins here -smArtas or others.
The literal meaning is elders or respected ones. CT poems have descriptions of
ritualized wedding ceremonies that were brahmin-less and fire-less.
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