The Sacred Marriage of a Hindu Goddess
This book combines systematic textual study with descriptive fieldwork to explore the relationship between the human and the divine in Hindu life. For at least the past two hundred years, Hindus in southern India have celebrated the marriage of the goddess M♯▒n♯┐ksh♯▒ to the Hindu god ┐┐iva. This annual ten-day celebration is among the largest and most famous Hindu festivals, attracting hundreds of thousands of the faithful each year. This work examines this important ritual event from a variety of perspectives, including the history of religions, Sanskrit and Tamil textual traditions, and Hindu culture. Moving beyond traditional understandings of the category of 'sacred marriage' derived from studies of the ancient Near East, the author reveals that sacred marriage in India functions as a devotional metaphor for Hindu devotees, a way of understanding how deities act toward one another and toward those who worship them.
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The Sacred Marriage Metaphor in Religious Studies and in Hinduism
Marriage as Metaphor 5 Metaphors in MythsSymbols in Rituals 6 Sacred
The Text as Revelation Theology and History 22 The Document in
A RoyalDivine Alliance
58 Motifs of the Madurai Marriage and the PanIndian Sanskrit Tradition
Festival and Dravidian Kinship Relations 91 The Perspective of the Center
Marriage as an Antidote to Sacrifice 112 Women as GoddessesGoddesses
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