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but that the two ages overlapped everywhere, stone tools continued to be used long after iron tools were made, more especially on ceremonial occasions, for the stone tool being the older one, was sacrosanct and alone possessed ceremonial purity, and hence stone stools occur along with iron ones in the graves of the early Iron Age.”

8. Antiquity of Tamil

Certain literary traditions respecting the immemorial
antiquity of Tamil and the Tamils

Traditions relating to Tamil

(1) Kambar a great poet of the 12th century, describes Tamil as eternal.
   
(2) An old anonymous stray poem exalts Tamil as follows:
   
  †Œga lidaivan duyarndr toavi˜aŒgi „Œgolinr ?ƒlat tiru˜akaŠŠum - ƒŒgavaŠŠu˜ mi‹‹,,r taiyƒ‰i veŒgadir†‹-r„‹aiyadu ta‹‹„ rilƒda tami.

Translation

     If the two things that hail from a mountain, shine so as to be adored by the great, and expel darkness from the earth surrounded by the roaring sea: one is the hot-rayed Sun riding on a single-wheeled chariot of lightning-like effulgence, and the other the incomparable Tamil.

Traditions relating to the Tamils

(1) The idea expressed in the 34th stanza of PuŠapporu˜ Ve-bƒ Mƒlai, that the origin of the MaŠavƒ community was anterior to the evolution of earthy soil out of rocky ground, though inordinately exaggerative, serves to point out the high antiquity of the Tamil race.
   
(2) Another hyperbolical statement by Parimlaagar, the popular commentator of ThirukkuŠa˜, that the three royal lines, viz. Chera, Chola and Pandiya were countinuing prosperously from the time of Creation, serves the same purpose.