கிளி – Parrot

கிளி – Parrot

The word கிள்ளை was also used in Sangam poems for parrots. Another word for parrot flocks is பாசினம். Parrots are mostly in Kurinji poems.

கிளி, கிள்ளைParrot, பாசினம் – parrot flock

Parrots are very important in Sangam literature.  They are often seen in the Kurinji thinai poems.  The convention is that they come to eat the clusters of millet in the mountain fields, where the heroine and her friend are sent by the family, to chase the birds, using their rattles and other noisy implements.  That is where the heroine meets the hero secretly, without the knowledge of the family.  The story of Valli being the daughter of a hunter and meeting Murukan in a millet field is based on the Sangam poems.   It appeared first in Kanthapurānam, which was written in the 14th century.

The parrot has been described in a few poems as having a red neck band.  In one poem, there is mention of a green neck band. They are mostly mentioned as attacking millet in the fields.  In a few poems, the heroine’s speech is compared to that of a parrot.  In Perumpānātruppadai 300, a parrot has been taught to recite the Vedas.

To see the poems, please go to my site http://www.learnsangamtamil.com – Vaidehi Herbert

கிளி 

Akanānūru – 12, 28, 32, 34, 37, 38, 49, 118, 126, 192, 194, 302, 308

Ainkurunūru – 260, 282, 283, 284, 285, 286, 288, 289, 375

Kalithokai  – 13, 37, 50, 55, 72

Kurinjippāttu  –  44 

Kurunthokai – 133, 141, 142, 198, 217, 240, 291, 346, 360

Natrinai  – 13, 25, 102, 104, 147, 194, 209, 259, 301, 304, 306, 317, 328, 368, 389

Pattinappālai  – 150, 264  

Pathitruppathu – 78

Paripādal – 9

Puranānūru – 138, 395

Porunarātruppadai – 34

Mathuraikānji – 291

மலைபடுகடாம் – Malaipadukādam – 329

கிள்ளை

Akanānūru –  28, 324, 369

Ainkurunūru – 281, 287, 290

Kurinjippāttu  – 101

Kurunthokai – 67, 333

Natrinai – 143

Perumpānātruppadai –  227, 300

பாசினம்

Natrinai – 134, 206, 373, 376

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