|An Australian Aborigine and his boomerang|
|Boomerangs from Australia|
|Dr. A.V Jayachandran holding a Valari. This weapon was excavated near the ancient port of Thondi. It was under the rule of the ancient Pandyas. Source: Dr. S.Jayabarathi (student of Dr. A.V Jayachandran)|
I was introduced to Tamil boomerangs by Dr.S.Jayabarathi (DrJaybee). It was his writings which inspired me to learn more about our origins. Furthermore, both our ancestors came from Sivagangai, a district known for its martial culture during ancient times.
My ancestors used the boomerang not just to hunt deers but also to kill their enemies during war. It was a common weapon. In those days, our ancestors would even use these boomerangs as a ceremonial weapon during weddings.
The famous rulers of Sivagangai, Periya Marudu Servai and Chinna Marudu Servai, and the Thondaiman kings of Pudukottai were experts in the art of throwing the boomerang.
I will conclude this post with some important notes from two books. Enjoy!
the Tamulian Kallar and Marawar (of Madura) who use it in deer-hunting,
term it 'Valai Tadi' (bent stick). The Pudukota Rajah always kept a
stock in arsenal.|
Sir Richard F Burton
page 38-39, The Book Of The Sword (published in 1884)
Page 555-559 taken from Ethnographic Notes in Southen India (1906) by Edgar Thurston.