Mar 17, 2007

the great tamil continent- the sunken- the extinct

(Below is an old article. For a more interesting and detailed information, please read the latest article here:
The Lost World of Kumari Kandam)

Hi folks!
'Known is a drop; Unknown is an ocean'. I'm an out-right archaeology-buff.
What's there in the wreck of the Titanic ship and exploring the remnants?! Are you aware that a whole continent of ancient Tamils submerged??
Out of the 7 collossal temples of Mahapalipuram, 6 submerged?
A wealthy commercial port city, the capital of Chola Kingdom- Poompuhar is totally sunken?
Are U Interested in Archaelogy and Ancient History?....
Aware of 'The Great ancient Tamil Continent- Kumari Kandam' ?......No?
This is for you.
Happy (Sad, really) Reading!

Kumari Kandam- The Great Tamil Continent (the submerged, the extinct)
"To the ancient Tamil world natural calamities like the tsunami that hit the east coast on 26 December 2004 is not unknown," says professor A.Shanmugathas, head of the department of Tamil, Jaffna University. The continent of Lemuria is referred as "Kumari Kandam" in ancient Tamil literature. Tamil is one of the world's classical languages. Tamil has continuous historical records for more than 4000 years and Tamil language was recognized as a classical language in India (beside the other being Sanscrit). Tamil does not belong to the Indo-European language family.
"One can imagine the strength and magnitude of the Tidal wave required devouring a mountainous area that had existed in the ancient coastal belt of the Tamil world," says professor Shanmugathas.

He also refers to records in Mahavansa, the Buddhist chronicle of Sri Lanka.

The Sangam Literature, which is more than 2000 years old, makes reference to similar natural catastrophes (perooly) that have affected the Tamil speaking world - spreading from Cape Comarin in the South to the Vindian ranges in the North. "The history records it that tidal destruction (Kadatkol) has occurred from time to time and these facts are established by the archeological excavations. They are not imaginary accounts," he adds. This is supported by modern scientific theories.

Professor Karsten M. Storetvedt, the chair in geomagnetism at the University of Bergen, Norway, and an author of the Global Wrench Theory (GWT), says that the equator regions have always been most prone to natural catastrophes like earthquakes and volcano eruptions. A part of explanation is that planet rotation and especially the difference in rotation speed between poles and equator force earth mantel to strain and to break more easily where the strain is strongest, that is at the equator regions. These tectonic processes played important role in the disappearance of the ancient continent known as Lemuria (Kumari Kandam) to western scholars. Sri Lanka together with India, Indonesia and Malaysia were a part of this continent. Many islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans are remnants of this continent that in ancient time covered the whole area of today's ocean. Storetvedt, who seems to reject the theory of continental drift and plate tectonics, says that descriptions of cataclysms in early literature when land suddenly went underwater are logical. But they should be proven to be scientific facts. This can be done with the help of sea-floor analysis that is possible to carry out. Modern theories find supportive evidences both in ancient literature and language history.
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