The Tamil Language

written on June 4, 2010 in My Articles and To Think with 3 comments

Another post for my friends who don’t know Tamil:

  • Tamil Literature has existed for over two thousand years.
  • The earliest epigraphic records found date from around the third century BC.
  • The earliest period of Tamil literature, Sangam literature, is dated from the 300 BC – 300 AD.
  • Inscriptions in Tamil Language from 1st century BC and 2nd century AD have been discovered in Egypt and Thailand.
  • The two earliest manuscripts from India, to be acknowledged and registered by UNESCO Memory of the World register in 1997 & 2005 were in Tamil.
  • More than 55% of the epigraphical inscriptions – about 55,000 – found all over India by the Archaeological Survey of India are in the Tamil language.
  • The six most ancient languages (had origins in BC) in the world are Sanskrit, Tamil, Hebrew, Arabic, Greek and Latin. Of all these six languages ONLY TAMIL EXISTS IN PRACTICE OF COMMON MAN TODAY without support from religious authorities. (Sanskrit by Hinduism, Hebrew by Judaism, Arabic by Islam and Latin by Catholic Church  – Please note that I am not saying that there are no religious works in Tamil, but no religion demands Tamil to be its official language)
  • Tamil is not offshoot of another tradition. Specifically not that of Sanskrit. ( See Did Tamil come from Sanskrit? )

Good Day!!! 😀