IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(12): 1068-1071 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.606

Burial and Fuunerary Culture of Ancient Tamils (During 1000 B.C - 250/ 300 A.D)

E. Iniyan
Abstract—This paper is a concise account of the Burial and Funerary culture of the ancient Tamils during the period 1000 B.C.E. - 250/300 C.E. culled out from the rich data available in the Tamil Sangam literature Ettuthokai, Pattupaatu, Tholkappiyam, etc., some of which are dated to 300 B.C or earlier; and correlates the data with the archaeological finds discovered during excavations made from the last decades of the 19th century till now. The contribution of the Tamils to the Indian prehistory and history dates back to the time of the major ancient civilization of Indus valley and its classic contemporaries like Elam, Sumerian etc. This will enthuse other scholars to proceed further in this vital field and endeavour to highlight the Tamil and Indian contribution to ancient civilization and culture.

Index Terms—Tamil civilization and culture, burial and funerary culture, tamil prehistory and archaeology, tamil sangam literature and archaeology on burial practices.

E. Iniyan was with the Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Madras, Chennai, Taminadu, India (e-mail: iniyane@gmail.com).

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Cite: E. Iniyan, " Burial and Fuunerary Culture of Ancient Tamils (During 1000 B.C - 250/ 300 A.D)," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 12, pp. 1068-1071, 2015.

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