The Presence of Siva

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Princeton University Press, 1992 - Religion - 514 pages
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One of the three great gods of Hinduism, Siva is a living god. The most sacred and most ancient book of India, The Rg Veda, evokes his presence in its hymns; Vedic myths, rituals, and even astronomy testify to his existence from the dawn of time. In a lively meditation on Siva--based on original Sanskrit texts, many translated here for the first time--Stella Kramrisch ponders the metaphysics, ontology, and myths of Siva from the Vedas and the Puranas.

Who is Siva? Who is this god whose being comprises and transcends everything? From the dawn of creation, the Wild God, the Great Yogi, the sum of all opposites, has been guardian of the absolute. By retelling and interweaving the many myths that keep Siva alive in India today, Kramrisch reveals the paradoxes in Siva's nature and thus in the nature of consciousness itself.

 

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Contents

THE PRIMORDIAL SCENE
3
THE ARCHER
27
a The Hunter of the Antelope
40
YASTOSPATI THE LORD OF THE DWELLING
51
MANIFESTATIONS AND REALIZATIONS OF RUDRA
71
THE BIRTH OF RUDRA
98
THE REFUSAL TO PROCREATE AND THE ENCOUNTERS
117
LINGA
153
THE FAMILY OF SIVA
301
Renewed Humiliation of Siva
315
Siva and Parvati
349
THE DEMONS
384
IME PRESENCE OF SIVA
422
APPENDIX THE GREAT CAVE TEMPLE OF SIVA ON
443
Glossary
469
Abbreviations
487

THE ANDROGYNE GOD
197
BHAIRAVA
250

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About the author (1992)

Kramrisch is Curator of Indian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Professor of Indian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

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