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Vol. 3 No. 1 (2021): Volume 3, Issue 1, Year 2021

Concept of Agaththinai and Puraththinai

Vijayalakshmi T
Department of Tamil, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram-695034, Kerala, India

Published 2020-11-22


  • Agaththinai,
  • Puraththinai,
  • Karupporul,
  • Muthal Porul,
  • Thinai

How to Cite

T, V. (2020). Concept of Agaththinai and Puraththinai. International Research Journal of Tamil, 3(1), 32-41.

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Though the concept of Agaththinai and puraththinai has prevailed since Tholkappiyam period, the definition and the differences of these thinai were understood only on the light of commentators. Basic elements of Agaththinai are Muthal Porul, Karupporul and Uripporul. The relation between Uripporul and concerned thinai has been elaborately discussed in the article. It also deals with the logical interpretation of Puraththinai and its subdivisions. Different perspectives such as Marxian perspective on Thinai and it's objections has also been noted. Extension of concept of Thinai to modern period has also been mentioned in the article.


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