An analysis of the origin of the Indian ancient civilisation
The Indus valley civilisation comprising of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro, disappeared before 1900 BC. That is about 700 years before the time when the rice was placed in a clay bowl as a funeral offering in Sivakalai. Though it proves that the origin of civilisation in Tamil Nadu is old, yet not as older than Indus valley civilisation. Also still the scripts from the Indus valley civilisation has not yet been deciphered to understand why it disappeared and in what circumstances.
Several studies by historians and archaeologists have proved that the Vedas, the religious Hindu scripts, were written around 1500 BC. After a millennium, the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana, came in. Around 250 BC, Ashoka the Great, went about to unite the Indian kingdoms. But unfortunately, he did not reach out to Tamil Nadu or the other states of southern India.
During the British rule in India, a sync was somewhat established between the cultures and traditions of the northern and southern parts of India. The Tamil culture steadily mingled with the rest of India, adopting the caste system and even the Sanskrit literature.
But Tamils have a rich literary past, especially the Sangam literature which is a collection of almost 2381 love poems composed by 473 poets. These were written at an era when the kingdoms in south India used to trade with the Roman Empire. Tamils were also iconic in propagating Buddhism and Hinduism across the south-east Asian countries. The evidences can be noticed significantly in Angkor Wat in Cambodia from the 12th century and the giant temples of Borobudur in Java of the 7th century AD.
On the Final Thoughts
It has been a constant effort on the part of the Stalin government to unravel the mysteries of the ancient civilisation of Tamil Nadu. As more and more artefacts are being revealed and searches are in progress on the ancient remains, hope interesting informations and stories of the past will further enlighten us.
After all Tamils have a rich culture, tradition and historical heritage coupled with their strong foothold into the Indian literature diaspora.
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