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Vol. 2 No. 3 (2020): Volume 2, Issue 3, Year 2020

Prevention of Harlotry through Tamil Epics

Panneerselvam K
Department of Tamil, Erode Arts and Science College, Erode -638112, Tamil Nadu, India.

Published 2020-06-04


  • Devadasi,
  • Silappathikaram,
  • Manimekalai,
  • Sanctum,
  • Jainist

How to Cite

K, P. (2020). Prevention of Harlotry through Tamil Epics. International Research Journal of Tamil, 2(3), 100-105. https://doi.org/10.34256/irjt20311

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From the Sangam Literature, it is evident that the prevailing practice of the Sanctum- maid (Devadasi) system of the Sangam Age was not regarded as condemnable or condemned discipline by the people of that time. The article justifies on a psychological basis via evidence about the practice of Sanctum- maid system in the society but  the Jainist  and the  Buddhist priests realized the evils of Harlotry is a crime but Chastity  is  divine  and the priests  had spread this  message in the society through the great Tamil epics like Silappathikaram and Manimekalai.


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