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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Thesavalamai explained

[b][i]Thesavalamai[/i] explained[/b]

Briefly, Thesavalamai determines the rules of inheritance under three main categoties. On marriage the property bequeathed to the wife by her parents is Seethanam(dowry), what is inherited by the husband from his parents at marriage is Muthisam (inheritance), and what the married couple acquire during their marriage is called Thediathettam(acquired wealth), writes S. Makenthiran from Canada

The full text of his letter is given below:

Dear Editor
Asian Tribune

[i][b]Thesavalamai [/b][/i]

Thank you for publishing the letters of P. Chandran correcting the wrong and misleading information conveyed to the reading public by Asoka Weerasinghe about the Tamil customary Thesavalamai law. Facts are sacred.

Tamil civilization is ancient. Long before, Vijaya and his companions came to Lanka in the 6th century B.C. and formed the Sinhalese race by marrying Tamil women, Tamils were living in the island. As stated in Ramayanam, many centuries earlier, Ravanan, the Tamil Hindu king of Lanka ruled the whole country. It is the folk lore that he was a Yaksha prince who married a Naga princess Mandothari. Mahavamsa, the Pali chronicle of the Sinhalese, mentions the existence of the Yakshas and Nagas when Vijaya landed in Ceylon, and they can be none other than Tamils.

Thesavalamai means customary or traditional laws of the land. It was evolved by the forefathers of the indigenous Tamils of Lanka over generations. Thesam means land and valamai means traditional law. Thesavalamai is different from the laws in the Sinhala South of Lanka and Tamil Nadu.

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