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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2898

Legendary Iravanan: An allegory - II

[b]Legendary Iravanan: An allegory - II[/b]

By K.T.Rajasingham

The course for war with Iravanan, a flimsy façade of a distorted version, was allowed to circulate by Valmiki, the robber turned ascetic author of Iramayanam. It was an attempt to apotheosize Iraman at the cost of Iravanan and the Tamils, an unfortunate decision by Iraman to enter into a war with Iravanan, to redeem his abducted wife. The ludicrous theme by which Iraman the godly incarnation and allegorical attempt by Valmiki, and later by Kambar –the compiler of the Tamil version, and also by Thulasidasar – the author of the Davanagiri version succumbed to a low level in estimation when he looses his wife in a jungle to be abducted in the end, fighting a war to redeem her.

According to Iramayanam , Hanuman went in search of Seethai. He leaped from the Mahendra hills to reach Illankapuri, the capital city of Iravanan’s kingdom. He came across a leviathan in the middle of the sea, which protruded above the sea –level and blocked his aerial route. Hanuman struck with his chest and the mountain – like leviathan called Myanaka yielded at the brutal force of the collision

Myanaka was one of the Naga goddesses. According to mythological accounts, Nagas sprung from Kaduru, the wife of Kasiyapan, the male progenitor, who was the son of Marichi, and the descendant of Brahma, and the greate Pulastiyan, from whom the Asuras descent was his paternal uncle. Kasyapan married Aditi and twelve other daughters of Daksha. Kaduru was one of the twelve wives and from her the Nagas sprung. The word Naga means, serpent and probably obtained their name due to their practice of zoomorphism, or worshipping of serpents, or holding them in awe and reverence, or due to their proclivity of depositing the images and idols of serpents in their tabernacles for worshipping. Therefore, Aryans were of the view that, they should not be considered human beings. The origin of the word Nagas cannot be traced to serpent, as referred in the Aryan language of Sanskrit and Pali, because historically they existed before the emergence of the Aryans and the advent of Sanskrit and Pali. Nagas were a civilized race and had their own kings and kingdoms even in Sri Lanka, when the nomadic Aryans influx occurred in India.

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