Question on Chinese folk novels

N. Ganesan naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 30 18:02:04 UTC 1998

<How to reconcile the two statements below.
<Agastya teaches Tamil not Sanskrit. Is this aryanisation?

K. Zvelebil, Companion studies to the history of Tamil literature,
E. J. Brill, 1992

p. 237
KZ quotes K. A. Nilakanta Sastri "one historical Agastya, the
author of the vedic hymns and husband of Lopmudra, who played
an important role in his time in furthering the *aryanization*
of the South .."

p. 240
"Originally there were perhaps two rival medieval legend about
Agastya current in Tamilnadu. Both admit that the Vedic sage was
the pioneer of Aryanization, but one maintains that he was also
the creator of the Tamil language and grammar and that Tolkaappiyar
was his pupil, whereas the other asserts that Agastya and Tolkappiyar
quarreled ..."

N. Ganeasn

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