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Siva: The Erotic Ascetic (Galaxy Books) [Paperback]

Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
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1 May 1981 Galaxy Books (Book 650)
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 the stories of the great ascetic, Siva, and his erotic alter ego, Kama.

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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (1 May 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195202503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195202502
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 14 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'THAT which cannot be found here exists nowhere'-this was the boast of the author of the great Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, and it is an excellent description of the Puranas, encyclopedic compendia of hundreds of thousands of Sanskrit verses dealing with every subject under the Indian sun. Read the first page
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 13 Nov 1998
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This wonderful review of the literature of Siva, by far one of the most interesting and misunderstood of the Indic gods, is already a classic. The contrasts between asceticism and eroticism are carefully and precisely laid out, without the quackery of popular psychological babble. The stories are well translated, with full notes, in such a way as to leave the ambiguities of the original intact. Absolutely lovely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 13 Nov 1998
By R. Apte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This wonderful review of the literature of Siva, by far one of the most interesting and misunderstood of the Indic gods, is already a classic. The contrasts between asceticism and eroticism are carefully and precisely laid out, without the quackery of popular psychological babble. The stories are well translated, with full notes, in such a way as to leave the ambiguities of the original intact. Absolutely lovely.
5.0 out of 5 stars A complex deity 2 July 2014
By Alexander Lorincz - Published on Amazon.com
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Shiva is a deity with many contradictions. He is a yogi (celibate) and a householder. He is a world-renouncer and a lover. How can we reconcile these contradictions? If we dig deep, we find that they are not contradictions at all. They are expressions of the same thing, in opposite ways. There are very few books on Shiva, however I find this is a good explanation of a complex deity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 28 Dec 2000
By V. Ravindran - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent source for those interested in all the variant mythologies surrounding Siva. The information is well organized and told with an even objective viewpoint, which is perfect since Siva is fascinating in his own right, so there is no need to flower things up. The multple tellings of the same core myth really drives home the core points and character traits of Siva. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Siva or Hindu Mysticism.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I support Wendy's right to be a bigot as much I support anyone who wants to deny the Holocaust ever happnend 15 Feb 2014
By Phoenix - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Erotic interpretation of Shiva is like interpreting Catholics worshiping the practice of cannibalism by enacting the eating of the flesh and drinking the blood of a corpse.

Alternate history of the Jews written by none other than the protestant founder Martin Luther in his "Jews and their Iies" which every German was influenced by and their hatred for their upper caste Jews for the Jews had a monopoly of the Arts, the sciences and their financial institutions and everything else of importance in Germany during the 30s. The "poor ordinary Germans" were the backward castes who needed to be saved from the alleged eviI upper caste Jews. The only way that could be done was to take the Jewish history and Jewish culture and rewrite them for the benefit of the "underdogs" of Germany. Lets show these upper castes that we the populists can do to them ..We the backward caste ordinary Germans have a number on these elites. So Martin Luther and Hitler and others went about rewriting Jewish history and culture and had their own interpretations which they embellished to their satisfaction. Thus was born the alternate Jewish history of "Jews and their Iies" and Mein Kamph.

Wendy's quixotic hatred for the upper castes Hindus and Brahmins is not very different from the German's hatred of the Jews. So this arrogant creature had decided to rewrite the Hindu religion, Hindu culture and reinterpret Hinduism in a way to get her pound of flesh from the upper caste Brhamins in her siding with the backward castes of India.

Although the caste thing and social Endogamy practiced by the Brahmins is nothing to crowe about, it is no different than the elitism and social endogamy practiced by the Jews of the world.

The caste system did not amount to anything like slavery , lynchings or the Holocaust by the Abrahmic faiths with "Only true god" and "gods chosen people" caste system.

And full disclosure. I am not an upper caste Brahmin.. I eat beef and every meat and am in the middle of the caste totem pole Dravidian... I don''t need this Don Quixote Wendy to come to my rescue from the alleged evil upper caste Brahmins. I am grateful to the religious Brahmins for saving Hinduism from the evils of the predatory christians, Islamists and communists of the world for thousands and thousands of years and from the blood letting of the Abrahmic jerks!

And no I am not being facetious here either. The graffiti "Juden this and Juden that", we saw on the walls of early Germany is what we see in Tamilnadu, India against the Brhamins I have seen similar graffiti "Pappan this and Pappan that" (PAppan is a derogation for Brahmins. Upper caste Brahmins have been driven away by the intolerance of the Dravidian South. Read "Breaking India: Western Interventions in Dravidian and Dalit Faultlines
by Rajiv Malhotra.

IF you enjoyed Wendy's alternate history of the Hindus, I am sure you would enjoy Hitler's "Alternate history of the Jews - Mein Kamph". And Martin Luther's "Alternate history of the Jews - "Jews and their Lies". It will satiate you liberal lefties blood thrifty revenge in supporting the proletariat "underdogs" of the world.
23 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misrepresentative 5 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This author may be a self-thought scholar and the western world annoited scholar on hinduisim however, she does not quite understand hinduisim correctly or represent it correctly.
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