The Tamil Word “Machaan”!

By T.V. Antony Raj

I doubt the word ‘Machaan‘ used by the Tamils all over the world and the word ‘Machaang‘ used by the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka derived from the Tamil word have any connection to the English word ‘Chum‘.

It’s common among Tamils living mostly in the southern part of Tamil Nadu to use the term ‘Machaan‘ to address one’s brother-in-law, the male offspring of one’s maternal uncle or the male offspring of one’s paternal aunts.

The Tamil word ‘Machaan‘ was adapted by the Sinhalese in Sri during the 20th century as ‘Machaang‘ to address their close friends.

Long ago, the youngsters in all parts of Tamil Nadu, India, used the word ‘Maapillai‘ shortened as ‘Maapla‘ to address their close friends mainly in the Tirunelveli and Madurai regions.

Now, the original word ‘Machaan‘ has spawned the colloquial word “Machi” and is now commonly used by present day Tamil youngsters to address their close associates.

4 thoughts on “The Tamil Word “Machaan”!”

  1. In a blog by a north indian hindu regarding the origin of human races, he was saying the original humans were brown like a hindu. Browns are the mix of the original red, white, yellow, black humans as said in native american stories.


  2. The native americans gave the colors for the guardians of four cardinal direcdtions according to the four main human races, yellow mongloids, red native americans, white caucasians, black africans. The guardians can be seen in eastern religions too.


  3. Indians are the mix of early Africans with Iranian tribes, Sino Tibetan Mongloids, Turko Mongols, Arabs, colonials etc. There was a video where tamil words are spoken in some African country and Tamils were saying Africans came from Tamil Nadu. Obviously Tamils are early Africans mixed with other tribes. Iranian tribes were the Aryans. Europeans were also not Aryans. Europeans were always in conflict with Aryans and it still continues to this day. A white nationalist told on youtube that Indians are the most mixed group on earth and Italians in Europe. Recently it was discussed in Beer Biceps channel that according to Native American stories there were four major human races, the white Caucasians, black Africans, yellow Mongloids, red Native americans and the mix of these four.


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