About tiNai

The title tiNai refers to an Indian ecophilosophy which integrates the nature, the culture and the sacred, similar to the Greek concept, oikos, meaning “household” or “family.” It is the core idea of the ecology of indigenous people. tiNai, a South Indian concept, categorises the landscapes into five, all of which are named after native flowers. These divisions of landscapes—montane (known as kurinji), pastoral (mullai), riverine (marutam), littoral (neytal) and desertic (palai)—are dependent on the natural and cultural aspects of the land and people. The concept was the basis of poetry and the social order of the people, even centuries ago.