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Tamil books of Law

Tamil books of law (Tamilதமிழ் நீதி நூல்கள், Tamiḻ nīti nūlkaḷ ) or the more correct, Classical Tamil phrase, (Tamilதமிழற நூற்கள், Tamiḻaṟa nūṟkaḷ ) are didactic Tamil works aimed to promote ஒழுக்கம் (order) among people. They were composed with intent to propound moral guidelines, often without specific religious affiliation, hence, many consider them to be secular. They are comparable to the dharmashastra of the Vedic culture.


  • Late Sangam period 1
  • Post Sangam period 2
  • Middle ages 3
  • Modern 4

Late Sangam period

Post Sangam period

Middle ages

  • Aruṉkalaceppu
  • Aṟanericcāram, Chapter of Good Ethics
  • Naṟuttokai, Anthology of Goodness
  • Nītineṟiviḷakkam, Explanation of Laws and Morals
  • Nanneṟi, Good Ethics
  • Ulakanīti. Universal Law
  • Mutumoḻi Veṉpā The Venpa of Wise language
  • Āticūṭi, Classic of the Orchid
  • Konṟai Vēntan, Lord of the Golden Shower
  • Mūturai, Counsel of the wise
  • Nalvaḻi, Good path


  • Putiya Āticūṭi, New Āticūṭi
  • Neṟicūṭi, Classic of Ethics
  • Tamiḻcūṭi, Classic of Tamil
  • Nīticūṭi, Classic of Law
  • Nīticintāmaṉi, Thought gem of Law
  • Poṉmatimālai
  • Nītinūl, Book of Law
  • Nītipētam
  • Vivēkacintāmaṉi, Thought gem of wisdom
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