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Rawaa Alghazali World Religion June 24, 2010 Extra Credit: Shiva Nataraja Three gods have been predominantly important in the religious and artistic life of Hinduism. Shiva, one of the three devotional gods of Hinduism is the most complicated, both in origin and in conception (Molly). The significance of the Nataraja sculpture is said to be that Shiva is shown as the foundation of all movement within the universe, represented by the arch of flames (Hymn). The idea behind the dance is to have men think away from the deception of the idea of the self and the physical world. Shiva as Lord of Dance is one of the most popular iconographic items of India. It reflects Indian philosophy, art and the way of thinking. There is an interesting myth behind the formation of Shiva as Nataraja: It is said that in a forest in South India there were savants that were living there. So comes along Shiva to come and overthrow them, accompanied by Vishnu disguised as a beautiful woman. At first the savants were arguing with each other, but their anger was later turned against Shiva, and they attempted to destroy Shiva by spells. A fierce tiger was created in sacrificial fires, and rushed
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This note was uploaded on 10/19/2010 for the course HFCC 080 taught by Professor Guy during the Spring '10 term at Henry Ford College.

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