SV: SV: SV: Kinship systems

V.C.Vijayaraghavan vijay at VOSSNET.CO.UK
Sun Oct 29 10:02:05 UTC 2000

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From: "Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan" <Palaniappa at AOL.COM>
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2000 7:36 PM
Subject: Re: SV: SV: SV: Kinship systems

> In a message dated 10/28/2000 4:39:25 AM Central Daylight Time,
> vijay at VOSSNET.CO.UK writes:
> > As far as I can see these words are the Tamil translations of the
> >  words Saivism and Vaishnavism. But the Tamil texts themselves were
> >  of 'ism's.
> I would appreciate if Vijayaraghavan could clarify the above statement. I
> would like to know if he is saying:
> 1. That Hindu sectarian divisions did not exist in the Tamil society
> the advent of the British?

No, it was not meant

> 2. Or if they did, they could not have coined these terms to identify
> sects.

I did not say "could not have ", I question is  when was it done and
popularised? Did the sects see themselves in these terms from when? was it
done during the period of Bhakti poetry itself, or did  it become in vogue
during latter medievel period  ? was it popularised  during 18th-19th

The parallel I was seeking was the term Renaissance, the cultural
florescence in Italy during 14th to 16th centuries. but the term itself
became popular only in the late 18th century, long after the events

> 3. If his contention is that they could not have coined these terms, what
> the linguistic/sociological/religious reasons?

No, it is not my contention.

> 4. What were the Tamil terms that Tamils used to refer to these sects?
> When he says, "As far as I can see...", is it based on any specific
> evidence? I would appreciate if he could give the source texts for this
> statement.

Going through the U of Cologne KWIC Concordance of Classical Tamil Texts and
searching these two words , for Saivam there was no result and for Vainavam
there was only one - in Tiruvila.

The concordance searches through these books: Tolkappiyam, Cankam,
Patinenkizkanakku, Pazamozi, Kural, Cilappatikaram, Manimekalai,
Civakacintamani, Tevaram, Nalatiyar, Kamparamayanam, Villiparatam,
Tirumantiran, Tiruvilaiyatapuranam, Periyapuranam, Kantapuranam, Tempavani.

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