Siva The Erotic Ascetic

ISBN-10: 0195202503

ISBN-13: 9780195202502

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Description: Originally published under the title Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva, this book traces the development of an Indian approach to an enduring human dilemma: the conflict between spiritual aspirations and human desires. The work examines hundreds of related myths and a wide range of Indian texts--Vedic, Puranic, classical, modern, and tribal--centering on the stories of the great ascetic, Siva, and his erotic alter ego, Kama.

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Book details

List price: $39.99
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/28/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

List of Illustrations
Guide to Pronunciation
Introduction: The Interpretation of Hindu Mythology
The Challenge of Hindu Mythology
The Central Paradox of Saiva Mythology
The Resolution within the Texts
The Iconic Resolution of the Paradox: The Ithyphallic Yogi
Problems and Methods
Various Methods of Mythological Analysis
Variants and Multiforms
Motifs of Hindu Mythology
Chart of Motifs
Explanation of Motifs
Interconnections between Motifs
The Saiva Cycle Analysed by Motifs
The Value of Motifs and Variants
The Nature of Mythological Contradiction
The Equivalence of Opposites
The Resolution of Mythological Contradictions
The Failure to Resolve Mythological Contradictions
The Irrational Solution: Bhakti
Asceticism and Eroticism in Early Indian Mythology
The Importance of Chastity and Creative Tapas
The Seduction of the Ascetic by the Prostitute: Rsyasrnga
Chastity and the Loss of Chastity: Agastya
The Erotic Powers of the Ascetic
The Rejuvenation of the Ascetic: Cyavana
Sexual Pleasures as the Reward for Asceticism / the False Ascetic
The Importance of Procreation
The Prajapati and His Ascetic Sons
Narada and the Sons of Daksa
The Two Forms of Immortality
The Attempt to Reconcile the Householder and Ascetic in Society
The Forest-Dweller: an Inadequate Compromise
The Vedic Antecedents of Siva
Rudra, God of Destruction
Indra
Indra as Phallic God of Fertility
Indra versus the Ascetic
Agni, the Erotic Fire
Agni and the Pine Forest Sages
The Seven Sages and their Wives
Siva and Parvati as the Parents of Skanda
The Golden Seed of Fire
The Birth of Skanda and the Birth of the Maruts
Siva and Brahma: Opposition and Identity
Siva as Sexual Creator
The Incest of Siva
Siva Opposes the Incest of Brahma
Brahma Versus Kama
Siva Versus Brahma at the Wedding of Sati/Parvati
The Beheading of Brahma by Siva
The Beheading of Daksa by Siva
The Castration of Siva
The Competition Between Siva and Brahma
The Complementarity of Brahma and Siva
Siva and Kama
The Chastity of Siva--and Its Contradiction
The Burning of Kama--and Its Reversal
The Lust of the Chastiser of Kama
The Victory of Kama Implicit in the Burning of Kama
The Seduction of Siva by Parvati
The Revival of Kama by Parvati
Kama Reborn as a Tree--Rebirth From Fire
The Revived Kama's Power Over Siva
The Erotic Appeal of the Chastiser of Kama
Kama and Agni Transposed
The Partial Identity of Siva and Kama
Siva in the Pine Forest
Siva, the False Ascetic, Seducer of the Sages' Wives
Siva, the Passive Ascetic, Unmoved by the Sages' Wives
The Apparent Lust of the Ascetic Siva
The Destruction of the Sages' Powers by the Seduction of their Wives
The Transference of the Sages' Powers to Siva: The Pasupata Cult
The Sexual Destruction of Demons by Siva
The Sexual Death of Adi
The Death and Transfiguration of Andhaka
The Enlightenment of the Pine Forest Sages
Siva opposes the Forest-dwellers' kama
The Temptation of the Devotee by God
Siva opposes the Forest-dwellers' tapas
The Balance: Santi and Linga-worship
Enlightenment by Sexual Impersonation
Siva as Ascetic and Householder
Siva's Failure to Reconcile His Two Roles
Siva's Trouble with his Parents-in-Law
The House of the Ascetic Siva
Parvati's Conflict with the Unconventional, Ascetic Siva
The Quarrels of Siva and Parvati
The Adultery of Siva
The Reconciliation of Siva and Parvati
The Horrible and the Erotic
The Transformation of Siva's Ornaments
Snakes and Nakedness
The Ashes of Siva
The Third Eye
Siva as Ascetic and House Holder: the Reconciliation
The Control and Transformation of Desire
Sexual Satiety: the Linga in the Yoni
Yoga and Bhoga
The Transformation of Desire by Self-Temptation
The Retention of the Seed
The Separation of Fertility and Eroticism
The Unnatural Creation of Siva's Son
Creation by Blood, Sweat, and Tears
The Drinking of the Seed
The Seed as Soma and Poison
Food and Sex
The Control of Excess
The Distribution of Siva's Tejas
Siva as Fire Under Water
Siva as the Submarine Mare
Cycles of Asceticism and Sexuality
The Danger of Siva's Excessive Chastity
The Danger of Siva's Excessive Sexuality
The Interruption of Sexual Activity
Quiescence and Energy
Conclusion: the Pendulum of Extremes
Connections Between Episodes in the Saiva Cycle
Major Occurrences of the Main Episodes
Sanskrit Texts
Siva and Kama
The birth of Skanda
The Pine Forest
Non-Sanskrit Texts
Glossary
Bibliography
Abbreviations
Sanskrit Texts and Translations
Secondary Sources
Bibliographic Notes
Index of Motifs
Index of Characters
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