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The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India
This is an account of Siva's Dance of Bliss, which has become a popular symbol in the West for Hinduism and Eastern mysticism. Siva is one of the two main gods of Hinduism, and his worshippers comprise half of all Hindus. Sanskrit is the poem written by Umapati Sivacarya, Siva theologian and temple priest in Cidambaram, South India, in the 14th century. Starting with the b...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published April 24th 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published July 26th 1996)
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David James Smith was born in south London in 1956 and has been a journalist all of his work life. He wrote for the monthly magazine Esquire before joining the Sunday Times Magazine. He is the author of The Sleep of Reason, All About Jill, and Supper with the Crippens. He lives in Lewes, East Sussex.More about David James Smith...