Sithalai Sathanar, Tamil Poet
(6th century)

Manimekalai feeds the poor

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  • Name: Sithalai Sathanar
  • Date: 6th century
  • Place: India
  • Language: Tamil
  • Who he was: Tamil poet; Manimekalai (a woman's name) in which Manimekalai, daughter of Cilappatikaram (see Silappatikaram [The Tale of an Anklet], 2nd century), renounces the world to become a Buddhist nun; includes Buddha's life, work and philosophy; one of the three surviving "Five Great Epics of Tamil Literature"

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