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Oedipus a Greek Tamilan

Oedipus - a Greek Tamilan   


                  Oedipus   :    Oidípous   meaning "swollen foot") was a mythical Greek   king   of Thebes. A   tragic hero   in   Greek mythology, Oedipus fulfilled a prophecy that said he would kill his father and marry his mother, and thereby bring disaster on his city and family. The story of Oedipus is the subject of  Sophocles 's    tragedy    Oedipus the King , which was followed by   Oedipus at  Colonus   and then   Antigone .   Together, these plays make up  Sophocles's   three Theban plays. Oedipus represents two enduring themes of Greek myth and drama: the flawed nature of humanity and an individual's powerlessness against the course of destiny in a harsh universe.


                                                Oedipus was born to   King   Laius   and   Queen   Jocasta.   In the most well-known version of the myth, Laius wished to thwart a prophecy saying that his child would grow up to murder his father and marry his mother. Thus, he fastened the infant's feet together with a large pin and left him to die on a mountainside. The baby was found   on     Kithairon    by shepherds and raised by   King   Polybus   and Queen   Merope i n the city of   Corinth.    Little Oedipus/Oidipous was named after the swelling from the injuries to his feet and ankles ("swollen foot"). The word "oedema" (British English) or "edema" (American English) is from this same Greek word for swelling:   ??d?µa , or   oedema .


                                                Oedipus learned from the   oracle at Delphi   of the prophecy, but believing he was fated to murder Polybus and marry Merope he left Corinth. Heading to   Thebes,   Oedipus met an older man in a chariot coming the other way on a narrow road. The two quarreled over who should give way, which resulted in Oedipus killing the stranger and continuing on to Thebes. He found that the king of the city (Laius) had been recently killed and that the city was at the mercy of   the Sphinx. Oedipus answered   the monster's riddle   correctly, defeating it and winning the throne of the dead king and the hand in marriage of the king's widow, Jocasta.


                                            Oedipus and Jocasta had two sons ( Eteocles  and  Polynices ) and two daughters   ( Antigone  and  Ismene ) . In his search to determine who killed Laius (and thus end a plague on Thebes), Oedipus discovered it was he who had killed the late king: his father. Jocasta also soon realized that she had married her own son and Laius's murderer, and she hung herself. Oedipus seized a pin from her dress and blinded himself with it. Oedipus was driven into exile, accompanied by Antigone and Ismene. After years of wandering, he arrived in   Athens, where he found refuge in a grove of trees called   Colonus . By this time, warring factions in Thebes wished him to return to that city, believing that his body would bring it luck. However, Oedipus died at Colonus, and the presence of his grave there was said to bring good fortune to Athens.


The legend of Oedipus has been retold in many versions, and was used by   Sigmund Freud   as the namesake of the   Oedipus complex .(]



                                                  Odeipos    is the corrupted form of  the  Tamil  name  Oedipan   . The suffix   ‘an' of Tamil had  become  ‘os'  in Greek.  The exact  Tamil   pronunciation of  ‘oedi ‘   is  ‘ oothi'  which means     swollen  . For  example ;     Vayiru   oothi   pochu  [on seeing a  man drowned in the sea  water]  in Tamil-  means  - ‘Stomach  has swollen  by the inhalation of water‘  .  “ Pallunai  oothu”-in Tamil  means   make the   balloon  swollen.    ‘Ootha  kaathu  veesuthu'  in  Tamil means  that  air  filled  with   traces of water.  ‘  Visayathy  oothi perisu akkathae'   in Tamil  means do not blow up the issue .  Ootha  neer  in  Tamil  is the  night  saliva.  ‘Ootha  neer ‘  is   oori [secrete]  varum  neer [ fluid]   from   vaai   [mouth].  Hence   Oothi    should  give a meaning    swollen   by the   secreted   water  or  the  fluid.  The exact word for  that  is  Otam.  Now   we will look at the meaning of  ‘ Otam ‘  in Tamil.

Oothu  ====to swell or to blow up ;  Oothi======= swollen  by fluid.
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