5 Amazing Facts about Tamil Langugage

Amazing Facts about Tamil Language

In this post I will talk about 5 amazing facts about Tamil Language.

Tamil is one of the longest surviving classical languages in the world. It is a sweet language and modern Tamil is spoken in almost every country in the world.

#1 Amazing Facts about Tamil Language
One of the tribes in Cameroon in Africa speak an ancient but deformed form of Tamil called Tamazight.

Courtesy: Cameroonians Speak Tamil

#2 Amazing Facts about Tamil Language
Hebrew the language of the Jews is derived from Tamil. It was the Asura language of the Babylonians. Source.

#3 Amazing Facts about Tamil Language
Between India and Ethiopia existed the ancient principality of Kamarinadu which connected these two regions. Ancient Tamils conquered this region and spread the language to Africa.


How Old is Tamil Language and Culture?

Tamil Language and civilization is ancient! More than 50,000 years old. The original Indians spoke Tamil in south, Sanskrit in North and Austro-Asiatic in the east. Many Tamils migrated east and went to Africa via middle-east hence Hebrew and many African languages are derived from Tamil. 

As per Tamil Guardian: 

The evidence thus far reveals the existence of man-made structures twenty-three metres beneath the sea, five kilometres off the Tarangambadi- Poompuhar coast near Nagapattinam in South India. Its existence at such a depth is calculated as having taken place over many thousand years ago. This ties in with the geological evidence of such happenings at that time as well as the Tamil traditions of the first two Tamil Sangams referred to earlier.

The unfolding archaeological and geological evidence is proving to be the historical validation that Tamil civilisation which reached a high-point during those two Tamil Sangams had their beginnings 11,000 years ago or circa 9,000 BC. What is the evidence currently available, be it archaeological, geological or other which will substantiate the Kumari Kandam tradition?

#4 Amazing Facts about Tamil Language

The Mayans of Maya Civilization of South America spoke a dialect of Tamil as the Mayans were actually Tamils. Courtesy: Comment in Tamils in Africa?

Amazing Facts about Tamil Language Mayan Civilization

"Maya-Maske" by Wolfgang Sauber (User:Xenophon) - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maya-Maske.jpg#/media/File:Maya-Maske.jpg 

#5 Amazing Facts about Tamil Language

All Africans languages are derived from Tamil.

Bonus Amazing Facts about Tamil Language!

 As per R. Mathivanan, then Chief Editor of the Tamil Etymological Dictionary Project of the Government of Tamil Nadu, Tamil is a very ancient language.

ca. 200,000 to 50,000 BC: evolution of “the Tamilian or Homo Dravida“,
ca. 200,000 to 100,000 BC: beginnings of the Tamil language
50,000 BC: Kumari Kandam civilisation
20,000 BC: A lost Tamil culture of the Easter Island which had an advanced civilisation
16,000 BC: Lemuria submerged
6087 BC: Second Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king
3031 BC: A Chera prince in his wanderings in the Solomon Island saw wild sugarcane and started cultivation in Kumari Kandam.
1780 BC: The Third Tamil Sangam established by a Pandya king
7th century BC: Tolkappiyam (the earliest known extant Tamil grammar)

The Ancient Thamizh Sankam

According to N. Parameswaran, quoting from ancient Tamil literary tradition,

According to the Kumari Kandam tradition, over a period of about just 11,000 years (beginning around 9000BC), the Pandyans, a historical dynasty of Tamil kings, formed three Tamil Sangams, in order to foster among their subjects the love of knowledge, literature and poetry.

The first Sangam was head-quartered in a city named Then-madurai it was patronised by a succession of eighty-nine kings and survived for an unbroken period of 4,400 years during which time it approved an immense collection of poems and literature. At the end of that golden age, the First Sangam was destroyed when a deluge arose and Then-Madurai itself was swallowed by the sea along with large parts of the land area of Kumari Kandam.


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