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Siva: The Erotic Ascetic

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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 th ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published May 28th 1981 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1973)
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John Dee
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think Wendy is the only woman with the third eye. Her rendition and interpretation of various Saiva myths and her mastery over a vast compendium Sanskrit literature are outstanding and impressive.

The book includes episodes from Puranas and Vedas, where Siva (sometimes even Bharma and Vishnu) lasciviously indulge in erotic acts of sex and masquerade; bringing upon themselves the wrath of Gods and Sages, and the means through which they achieve release or an atonement from the excessive and lec
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Yupa
Nov 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il problema di questo come di altri (ma soprattutto di questo!) libri della Doniger?
In mezzo a un'introduzione e una conclusione esili si trovano centinaia di pagine che raccolgono miti d'ogni sorta senza che venga posta tra questi alcuna minima relazione.
L'impressione è quella di una serie enorme di documenti catalogicamente allineati in sequenza, privi di una qualunque guida per districarvisi.
L'impressione è quasi quella che la Doniger, più che libri, scriva delle enciclopedie mancate...
Colin Williams
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Riveting, yet hilarious: Classic Wendy Doniger.
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