Omens – நிமித்தங்கள்
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It is amazing that a few of the omens that we have in our Tamil culture comes to us from Sangam times, unchanged. We see the lizard and crow omens in the Sangam poems. There are also விரிச்சி நிற்பது (waiting for the good word) and புள் நிமித்தம் (புள் was probably used for bird omens first, but was used for all omens later) – Kurunthokai 218. Mullaipattu has a line describing விரிச்சி நிற்பது – line 11. There is the good omen for left eye twitches in Kalithokai 11. That poem also has an omen with lizard clucking.
In addition to these poems, Natrinai 258, 281, 343, and 367 have descriptions of crows being fed for good luck.
குறுந்தொகை – 16, 140, 21, 218
நற்றிணை – 98, 169, 246, 333,
அகநானூறு – 88
Kalithokai – 11