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Religion Notes 02/07/11 Anthropomorphic Forms of Shiva Early Shiva -Rudra – to weep, to howl -Outcast deity of non-Aryans -Pasupati -Lord of Animals -Destruction -Storms and rain -Bhairva -The terrible or horrific -Destruction for the sake of destruction -Bhutesvara -Lord of the Elements (associated with graveyards and cremation grounds) -Wearing skulls and serpents Late Shiva -Nil Kanhta -Deity with blue throat -god of the pharmakon -> poison and remedy -Maheshvara – Lord of Knowledge -Maha Yogi -Lord of Yoga -Erotic/ascetic (He celebrates life but renounces life as well) All of these tend to coalesce into his popular image, which is represented by some images (peaceful, sitting cross legged, smiling) -dighambar – sky clad (naked) -durjati – loaded with matted hair -Understand the images and be able to relate them to earlier and popular images of Shiva. Saivism: Shiva Cult -Longest history, responsible for some of the most profound and philosophical quotes. It’s the basis of the Indian Tantric traditions, and the importance of bodily images. It also has initiative orders, originated pre-Aryan religion (belongs to common people outside of the
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course RELIGION 202 taught by Professor Mandair during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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