The Women in Tamil Classical Literature as Portrayed in Ettuttokai (Eight Anthologies)
Tamil classical literature is an ancient literature. It has a long history and a great source of information to know about ancient Tamils life, customs, beliefs, roles, history and etc. It was divided as akam (internal) and puram (external) poems. The akam poems dealt with love and feelings related to it, while the puram poems are about war, daily life, ballad, beliefs, etc. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the role of ancient Tamil women as portrayed in the anthology Ettutokai. They appear as a young girl, as a lady in love, as a wife, as a mother, and presents their beliefs and experiences. Thus these Ettuttokai poems provide the base for the paper.
Keywords: Tamil Classical Literature, Akam, Puram, Ettuttokai, Girl, Lady, Lover (Heroine), Wife, Beliefs
Arulselvan Raju Raju
Lecturer, Centre for Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning, University Sabah Malaysia