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But the dogs, foxes, ghouls and vultures in the graveyard wait for us thinking that it is to be food for them after we die. In this poem he asks is there any marking in bones and flesh of a woman to show whether she is a Paraiah or a Brahmin?

I am always worried about interpreting theological verses especially Siddhar songs as I do not know much of the philosophy behind these.

So are the idols we worship.

Paraichi and a Panathi differ in your mind alone. In such a worthless body that measures just eight hand spans, what inn illusion of life you created, My lord. Being an iconoclast, he is particularly scathing on the priests and those who talk about padalval and lower caste. They are but stones which we have made into God. One part of it is laid at the entrance and another worshiped as deity. This poem is thought to have been written by the second one, from 14th Century.

But interpretation might vary.

Siddhar Songs | Old Tamil Poetry

Siddhar songs are written in simple words but no commentary is available. Each human body measures eight hand spans of its own hand. There have padallgal atleast 3 people named Pattinathaar, living in 10th, 14th and 17th centuries.

If you like what I do if you’re outside India if you’re in India You can send money for my coffee to oldtamilpoetry upi. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE? He is said to have lived around 10th Century AD. Sivavakkiyar, in this verse, curses those who try padalval split people in the name of God. So God is padqlgal in these stones, but in your heart.


In this poem Sivavakkiyar talks about impermanence of material aspects of life. In this poems he mocks those who worship idols. What is this thing called you and that is called me? Jayachandran on Kambaramayanam — In these two verses he mocks the Vedic priests who abhor meat. It will not be worth even the price padzlgal a begging bowl.

He who was at the beginning, is one. When a clay vessel falls and breaks, people still save the shards saying it might be useful some day.

Old Tamil Poetry on Thirukkural — God can neither be created or destroyed by mortals. There is no difference between these stones as they are from the same rock. They believe in this illusion. Then the poem becomes you take care of this body and work taiml its pleasures thinking this illusion is true, but once your time is up this body is worth nothing.

Their main idea was one had to find God within oneself and not rely on temples and rituals. Siddhars were iconoclastic rebels whose thoughts were against the organised Vedic religion. Siva Vakkiyar of 10th Century is a well known Siddhar amongst them all.

This iconoclasm is the leit motif tail his poems. Siddhar Sivavakkiyar, dated to around 10th Century CE was one of the leading rebel poets in Tamil literature. They were rebels against organised religion. A set of soulful poems sung by Pattinathaar the first while cremating his mother is still recited by some communities during cremation. In this poem Siva Vakkiyar talks about tamkl impermanence of human body.


All their poems are clubbed together as Pattinathaar Paadal in texts. Because we think our paunch is ours. Sivavakkiyar is ruthless when tackling the issue of caste.

Pattinathaar was one of the prominent Siddhars ascetic rebels in Tamil nadu. But when this human body falls and dies, they immediately discard it saying it smells. Siddhars were the iconoclasts of Tamil society. Is it marked in their flesh, skin and bone? Human beings spend their time building houses, offering sacrifices to God and live surrounded by near and dear ones thinking it is forever.

In these verses he chides those who go to temples and sacred tanks for salvation. I have not been able to conclusively decide which one of the three wrote the above poem.

The answer is the name of Rama, who is everything in this world. Conjugal pleasure of a Paraich i or a Panath i, does it differ? Hence they became manure for vegetables that vegetarians eat.

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