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Title: Ceranatu during the Cankam and the Post-Cankam Period
Author: Thiagarajah, M. A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2682 3427
Awarding Body: School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)
Current Institution: SOAS, University of London
Date of Award: 1964
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This thesis is a study of Ceranälu, its kings, chieftains and poets. In the Preface it is stated what works are considered Cankam and post-Cankam. The Preface also gives a description of the State of Kerala as it is today. Some references are made to Ceranäju by the classical geographers and these are discussed in Chapter I. It has been noted that some of these allusions are confirmed by references from the Cankam works. Most of the references to Ceranatu are found in Puranänüru and Patirruppattu and these are discussed in Chapter II. The references from the akam poems are discussed in Chapter III. It has been noted that in akam poems, mention is freely made d places, mountains and rivers and of the kings, their valour and generosity. In Chapters IV and V are discussed the post- Cankan references. It has been noted that some of these works are elaborations of motifs contained in the Cankam works. The general term of the Cera ruler and the names of some of the places mentioned in the Cankam works take a slightly different form in these works. References are freely made to Ceranätu, its places and kings in Tevaram, Periyapurkam and Tiruvilaiyä, - arpurdrýam. An attempt at royal chronology is made in Keralolpatti. Chapter VI contains the discussion of the people of various regions of Ceranatu and their occupations as seen from the Cankam works. The people whose names are indicative of their occupations are also discussed in this Chapter. It has been noted that one such people, the Ayar, even became rulers and were as valorous and generous as the kings. The kings and chieftains of Ceranatu, their generosity and their feats are described in Chapter VII. Chronology of these rulers is shown wherever possible. References are also made to the poets who lauded kings and chieftains and to those who are likely to have been natives of Ceranatu. In Chapter VIII it is shown that although some Kotuntamil words used in the different regions of Ceranä4u are found in early Tamil literature, Centamil was the court language even as late as the days of the Perumals. The last Chapter, IX, contains the general conclusions drawn from these discussions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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