Dallas Metroplex Tamil Sangam, Texas - சங்ககாலத் தமிழகத்தில் சிந்து சமவெளி நாகரீகம், ஜனவரி 3, 2015

From: Metroplex Tamil Sangam [mailto:mts=dfwmts.org@mail223.atl121.mcsv.netOn Behalf Of Metroplex Tamil Sangam
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2014 5:47 PM
Subject: Lecture on Iron Age Tamil Nadu and Bronze Age Indus Valley Connections

Dear Dallas Tamil Community,
We cordially invite you for a special Lecture on
சங்ககாலத் தமிழகத்தில் சிந்து மவெளி நாகரீகம்
Iron Age Tamil Nadu and Bronze Age Indus Valley Connections
Dr. N. Ganesan
Houston, Texas, USA
2:30 - 5:00 PM Saturday Jan 3rd 2015
Parr Library, 6200 
Windhaven Parkway, Plano 75093
Light snacks will be provided
This special lecture will be about some aspects of Indian religion in the Post-Harappan period. The meaning of the anthropomorphic axes of the 2nd millennium BC as a ritual symbol of a Makara (crocodile) god will be presented. An interpretation of the Tamil Brahmi inscription at Tirupparangunram,  discovered by Pondicherry University recently will be offered as mentioning the crocodile god and his spouse. This illustrated presentation will include Dravidian names such as Nakar, Gharial, Makara, Karaa for the  three species of Indian crocodiles and the Ashvamedha sacrifice on the banks of a Water Tank done for a crocodile as seen in Pandyan Peruvazhuti  coins. Graffiti symbols from Saanuur and Suulur as linguistic sign for the crocodile  deity, and the crocodile couple as seen in Adichanallur burial urn (500 BCE) along  with the battle-axe bearing great god in Sangam poetry will be used to illustrate  the prevalence of the crocodile based religion until the Early Sangam period. The first stone sculpture made in south India at such places as Mottur, Udaiyanatham, - monumental in size over twelve feet tall -, in the Iron Age will be linked to the earlier Anthropomorphic Axes, made in metal, found in many Post-Harappan OCP sites of North India.
Please review the attached flyer for info.

Executive Committee
Metroplex Tamil Sangam