Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus

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Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, May 1, 1992 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 264 pages
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Shiva and Dionysus are the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, intoxication, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence who initiate us into communion with the creative forces of life. Revealing the earliest sources of the traditions of Shiva and Dionysus, Alain Danielou reconstructs the fabric of our ancient relationship with creation, vividly relating practices that were observed from the Indus Valley to the coasts of Portugal at least six thousand years ago. 
  

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Contents

FOREWORD
7
INTRODUCTION
11
ORIGINS The Two Sources of Religion
13
ASPECTS AND LEGENDS OF THE GOD
47
THE GODDESS power lover and mother
76
THE SONS OF THE GODDESS AND OF THE GOD
88
THE COMPANIONS OF THE GOD
99
ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE FORMS OF THE GOD AND GODDESS
112
MAN IN THE WORLD
139
RITES AND PRACTICES
179
GOD OF THE DANCE AND THE THEATRE
199
LIFE AND SOCIETY
210
THE MODERN AGE
219
CHRONOLOGICAL TABLE
236
BIBLIOGRAPHY
248
Copyright

SACRED PLACES
131

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About the author (1992)

One of the most distinguished living Orientalists, Alain Danielou was an intimate of Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, and Nabokov, and spent more than 20 years in India     studying music and philosophy with eminent pandits of the Hindu tradition. Danielou is the author of Myths and Gods of India; While the Gods Play; Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe; Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation; The Phallus; The Complete Kama Sutra and Music and the Power of Sound. He is the founder and former director of the International Institute for Comparative Musicology in Berlin, is a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and Officier du Merite National. 

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