Language of the People in the World of Gods: Ideologies of Tamil before the Nation

  title={Language of the People in the World of Gods: Ideologies of Tamil before the Nation},
  author={Sumathi Ramaswamy},
  journal={The Journal of Asian Studies},
  pages={66 - 92}
  • S. Ramaswamy
  • Published 1 February 1998
  • History
  • The Journal of Asian Studies
Once upon a time, long before the rise of the modern nation, a language named Tamil wandered about in a world inhabited by divinities and extraordinary beings. This was an enchanted world of miraculous events and wondrous deeds, where the dead were brought back to life, and deserts transformed into fragrant groves; and where verses in Tamil cured fevers, stopped floods, and impaled enemies. It was a world in which poets, because of their mastery of Tamil, lorded over the gods themselves, and in… 
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