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TAMILAKAM refers to the geographical region inhabited by the ancient Tamil people . Tamilakam
covered today Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
, Kerala
, Puducherry , Lakshadweep and southern parts of Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
and Karnataka
. Traditional accounts and _Tholkāppiyam_ referred these territories as a single cultural area, where Tamil was the natural language and culture of all people. The ancient Tamil country was divided into kingdoms. The best known among them were the Cheras , Cholas , Pandyans and Pallavas . Archaeological data from protohistoric Kerala
and Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
"appears to challenge the notion of a separate culture region". During the Sangam period , Tamil culture began to spread outside Tamilakam. Ancient Tamil settlements were also found in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
( Sri Lankan Tamils ) and the Maldives (Giravarus ).

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* 1 Etymology

* 1.1 Modern use

* 2 Sources

* 3 Territory and geographical boundaries

* 3.1 Classical era territory * 3.2 Tamiḻakam kingdoms * 3.3 Nadus of Tamiḻakam * 3.4 Nadus outside Tamiḻakam

* 4 Culture

* 4.1 Cultural unity * 4.2 Cultural influence

* 5 Religion

* 6 The Nagas of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

* 6.1 Naga Nadu

* 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References

* 10 Sources

* 10.1 Printed sources * 10.2 Web-sources


"Tamiḻakam" is a portmanteau of a word and suffix from the Tamil language , namely _Tamiḻ_ and -akam . It can be roughly translated as the "homeland of the Tamils ". According to Kamil Zvelebil
Kamil Zvelebil
, the term seems to be the most ancient term used to designate Tamil territory in the Indian subcontinent. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea referred it as _Damirica_.


The word _Tamilakam_ is today used as synonym for Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu


Until recently, the interpretation and understanding of India's past has largely been based on textual sources. According to Abraham,

"In the southern portion of the peninsula – the region that corresponds roughly to the present-day states of Kerala
and Tamil Nadu – the existence of a large documentary corpus, both indigenous and foreign, and the occurrence of inscribed coins and cave inscriptions, have given rise to the idea of a separate ethnic and linguistic region known as "Tamiḻakam"."

The role of archaeology has often been secondary, as "a source of correlates for information gleaned from the texts", but challenges existing notions of Tamiḻakam which are primarily based on textual sources.



See also: Sangam literature and Tolkāppiyam

The second or first century BCE Tamil chronicle, the _Tholkāppiyam _, a work on the grammar of the Tamil language
Tamil language
and the earliest known extant work of Tamil literature , contains several references to _Centamil nilam_, which is translated as the "land of refined Tamils". According to the _Tholkāppiyam_, the limits of Tamiḻakam were between the hills of Venkatam in the north and Kanyakumari
in the south. Tholkappiar, the writer of the _Tholkāppiyam_, doesn't mention a Tamil part of Sri Lanka.

In the _Tholkāppiyam_, during this period of ancient Tamil country, there isn't any distinction between Malayalam
and Tamil, conclusively said, Malayalam
hasn't been in existence as a separate language and although it's said that the Tamil, was naturally spoken from the _Eastern sea_ to the _Western sea_.


Main article: History of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu

Approximately during the period between 350 BCE to 200 CE, Tamiḻakam was ruled by the three Tamil dynasties: the Chola
dynasty , the Pandyan
dynasty and the Chera
dynasty . There were also a few independent chieftains, the Velirs . During the time of the Maurya Empire in North India (c. 4th century BCE – 3rd century BCE) the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Cholas were in a late megalithic phase on the western coast of Tamiḻakam. The earliest datable references to the Tamil kingdoms are in inscriptions from the 3rd century BCE during the time of the Maurya Empire.

The Pandyan
dynasty ruled parts of South India
South India
until the early 17th century. The heartland of the Pandyas was the fertile valley of the Vaigai River . They initially ruled their country from Korkai
, a seaport on the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula, and in later times moved to Madurai
. The Chola
dynasty ruled from before the Sangam period (3rd century BCE) until the 13th century in central Tamil Nadu. The heartland of the Cholas was the fertile valley of the Kaveri
. The Chera
dynasty ruled from before the Sangam period (3rd century) until the 12th century over an area corresponding to modern-day western Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu
and Kerala

The Vealirs (Tamil : வேளிர் _Vēḷir_) were minor dynastic kings and aristocratic chieftains in Tamiḻakam in the early historic period of South India
South India


Tamiḻakam was divided into political regions called _Perunadu_ or "Great country", "nadu" means country.

There were three important political regions which were Chera
Nadu , Chola
Nadu and Pandya Nadu. Along these three there were two more political regions of Athiyaman Nadu (Sathyaputha) and Thamirabharani Nadu (Then Paandi) which were later on absorbed into Chera
resp. Pandya Nadu by 3rd century BCE. Thondai Nadu which was under Chola Nadu, later emerged as independent Pallava Nadu by 6th century ADE.

Again Tamilakam
resp. Perunadus was resp. were divided into 12 socio-geographical regions called _Nadu_ or "country". Each of this Nadu had their own dialect of Tamil.

* Thenpandi Nadu * Panri Nadu * Kuda nadu * Punal nadu * Puzhinadu * Venad * Aruva nadu * Kakkanad * Kuttanadu * Aruva Vadathalai nadu * Sida nadu * Malai Nadu


Some other Nadus were also mentioned in Tamil literatures which weren't part of Tamilakam, but the countries traded with Tamils in ancient times. Tamil speaking lands:

* Eela Nadu (Eelam) * Naga Nadu or Yazh Kuthanadu (Jaffna Peninsula) * Vanni Nadu (Vanni region)


* Vengi
Nadu * Chavaka Nadu (Java) * Kadara Nadu (Kedah) * Kalinga Nadu * Singhala Nadu * Tulu Nadu (Land of the Tulu people ) * Vadugu Nadu * Kannada Nadu (Land of Kannada people
Kannada people
) * Erumai Nadu * Telunka Nadu (Land of Telugu people ) * Kolla Nadu * Vanka Nadu * Magadha
Nadu * Kucala Nadu * Konkana Nadu * Kampocha Nadu (Cambodia) * Palantivu Nadu (Maldives) * Kupaka Nadu * Marattha Nadu * Vatuka Nadu * Tinmaitivu (Andaman and Nicobar Islands)



Thapar mentions the existence of a common language of the Dravidian group:

Ashoka in his inscription refers to the peoples of South India
South India
as the Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas and Satiyaputras - the crucible of the culture of Tamiḻakam - called thus from the predominant language of the Dravidian group at the time, Tamil.

Yet, also according to Abraham,

... the archaeological data from protohistoric Kerala
and Tamil Nadu is not so clear-cut and, in fact, appears to challenge the very notion of a separate culture region.


See also: Sri Lankan Tamils and Sri Lankan Civil War

With the advent of the early historical period in South India
South India
and the ascent of the three Tamil kingdoms in South India
South India
in the 3rd century BCE, Tamil culture began to spread outside Tamiḻakam. In the 3rd century BCE, the first Tamil settlers arrived in Sri Lanka. The Annaicoddai seal , dated to the 3rd century BCE, contains a bilingual inscription in Tamil-Brahmi . Excavations in the area of Tissamaharama
in southern Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
have unearthed locally issued coins produced between the second century BCE and the second century CE, some of which carry local Tamil personal names written in early Tamil letters, which suggest that local Tamil merchants were present and actively involved in trade along the southern coast of Sri Lanka by the late classical period. Around 237 BCE, "two adventurers from southern India" established the first Tamil rule at Sri Lanka. In 145 BCE Elara, a Chola
general or prince known as Ellāḷaṉ took over the throne at Anuradhapura
and ruled for forty-four years. Dutugamunu , a Sinhalese , started a war against him, defeated him, and took over the throne.


Jains , Buddhists and Hindus have coexisted in Tamil country for at least as early as the second century BCE.


... some scholars suggest that the Yakshas and Nagas in the prehistorical period dating back to 1000 BCE".

The Yakshas and the Nagas are depicted in the Pali
epic Mahavamsa as the early inhabitants of the island when Vijaya arrived in the island in 500 B.C. According to Manogaran, some scholars also "have postulated that the Yakshas and Nagas are the aboriginal tribes of Sri Lanka". Holt concludes that they were not Tamils, but a distinct group. Other scholars consider the Nagas as a Tamil group due to their snake worshipping which is a dravidian custom. The Naga custom is still visible in Sri Lankan Tamil Hindu


Main article: Naga people (Lanka)

The 2nd century AD Tamil epic _ Manimekalai _ speaks of the prosperous Naga Nadu or "land of Nagas ", and of "the great Naga king Valai Vanan and his wife, the queen Vacchamayilai , who ruled the prosperous Naga Nadu with great splendor." According to the _Manimekalai_, this region had a rich dravidian Buddhist tradition.


* History of Kerala
* History of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu


* ^ Thapar mentions the existence of a common language of the Dravidian group: "Ashoka in his inscription refers to the peoples of South India
South India
as the Cholas, Cheras, Pandyas and Satiyaputras - the crucible of the CULTURE OF TAMILAKAM - called thus from the predominant language of the Dravidian group at the time, Tamil". * ^ See, for example, Kanakasabhai. * ^ Various contemporary sources also refer to the _Tolkāppiyam_, and mention the hills of Venkatam and Cape Comorin in the south as the historical limits of Tamiḻakam. Other sources mention somewhat different limits, or use a different wording. * ^ According to A. Rajayyan, it is possible that the Tolkappiar and Sikiandiyar were "not aware of the Tamil part of the island of Lanka." * ^ An archaeological team led by K.Indrapala of the University of Jaffna excavated a megalithic burial complex at Anaikoddai in Jaffna District, Sri Lanka. In one of the burials, a metal seal was found assigned by the excavators to c. the 3rd century BCE. * ^ Manogaran notes: "... there is general consensus among historians that Sinhalese settlements preceded Tamil settlements on the island by a few centuries." Manogaran also notes: "... we can only speculate that the ancestors of the present-day Tamils were already in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
when the Sinhalese began colonizing the island." * ^ John Holt writes that "in the early Sri Lankan chronicles as well as in the early Tamil literary works the Nagas appear as a distinct group". Holt also writes that "the adoption of the Tamil language was helping the Nagas in the Tamil chiefdoms to be assimilated into the major ethnic group there". * ^ According to the _Manimekalai_, their daughter, the princess Pilli Valai, had a liaison at Nainativu islet with the early Chola king Killivalavan. The _Manimekalai_ is the only source for this information; no other sources mention Killivalavan. Out of this union was born Prince Tondai Eelam Thiraiyar, a supposedly early progenitor of the Pallava Dynasty who were the rulers of Tondai Nadu until the 9th century CE.


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