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

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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 o ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by Inner Traditions (first published 1979)
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Mahmoud Awad
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
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The god's followers are called bacchoi (bacchants) in Greece and bhaktas (participants) in India. It is in their intoxication of love and ecstasy that true wisdom lies...

To compliment John Marco Allegro's The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, I picked up this booking looking for a comparative analysis of Hellenic and Indic religious history. It was useful to an extent, but as the author earnestly clarifies on the very first page, his work is a personal "Shivaite" document where the particulars of
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Christopher Porzenheim
May 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
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This book can provoke many stimulating thoughts, but it is misleading. I feel compelled to note that the author thinks his reconstructed version of Sivaism is the only 'true religion.'

'The way of Shiva-Dionysus is the only way by which humanity can be saved. [...] I do not claim to present a solution.' p9

Honestly, what is of interest here is easily found in Joseph Campbell. Read him instead if this book appeals. At least when Campbell takes liberties with myths and such he isn't trying to presen
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Alain Daniélou :
1935-1948, études du sanskrit, philosophie, théologie, musique dans les écoles traditionnelles hindoues à Bénarès ;
1948-1954, professeur à l'université hindoue de Bénarès ;
1954 1956, directeur de la bibliothèque de manuscrits et des éditions sanskrites d'Adyar à Madras;
1956-1963, membre de l'Institut français d'indologie et de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient ;
1963-1977, dire
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“The faithful of Shiva or Dionysus seek contact with those forces which...lead to a refusal of the politics, ambitions and limitations of ordinary social life. This does not involve simply a recognition of world harmony, but also an active participation in an experience which surpasses and upsets the order of material life.” 14 likes
“In Shivaite tradition, the god's companions are described as a troupe of freakish, adventurous, delinquent and wild young people, who prowl in the night, shouting in the storm, singing, dancing and ceaselessly playing outrageous tricks on sages and gods. They are called Ganas, the "Vagabonds", corresponding to the Cretan Korybantes and the Celtic Korrigans (fairies' sons). Like the Sileni and Satyrs, some of them have goats' or birds' feet. The Ganas mock the rules of ethics and social order. They personify the joy of living, courage and imagination, which are all youthful values. They live in harmony with nature and oppose the destructive ambition of the city and the deceitful moralism which both hides and expresses it. These delinquents of heaven are always there to restore true values and to assist the "god-mad" who are persecuted and mocked by the powerful. They personify everything which is feared by and displeases bourgeois society, and which is contrary to the good morale of a well-policed city and its palliative concepts.” 8 likes
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