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Unformatted text preview: October 13 October 21, 6-8 pm Foelinger Auditorium Conflict Exam on 10/22, 68pm Location tba • Siva = Auspicious – Why is Siva auspicious? • One of the elements in Brahman – Siva = god of destruction – Myth of the necessity of destruction • Married to the ‘mother-goddess,’ Durga – Non-Aryan legends + Puranic (Sanskrit) mythology • Siva in Vedic texts – Siva as Rudra (the Terrible) – One of the many gods mentioned in Rgveda • Possible other sources – Worship of fertility in non-Aryan tribes (lingam) – A non-Vedic non-elite folk god (see Siva & Daksa) – The horned god of Indus valley (compare w/ Pasupati) • The Great Synthesis – Rudra Siva merges with the folk god – Myths edited and synthesized in (Sanskrit) Puranic texts • Siva as the ultimate renouncer (yogi) – Grants boon to individuals performing ‘tapas’ • The ideal husband – Elements from the folk sources – Myths regarding Sati and Parvati • Union of the masculine and the feminine – Fusion of opposites – Embodies contradiction • Three forms – Mahakala (the great time) – Jvara (Cosmic Fever) – Mrtyu (Death) • Tandava – The cosmic dance of destruction – Siva is also Nataraja (the lord of dance/theater) • Sakti – Power – Represented through his wives • • • • • • Birth of Death Sati, Daksa, and Siva Siva and Parvati Kama Birth of Ganesa Brahma and Visnu accepts Siva’s superiority • Aniconic representation of Siva – Most prevalent form • Phallus placed on vulva – Fusion of opposites • Destruction • Creation ...
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