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Title One god, two goddesses, three studies of South Indian cosmology / by Don Handelman.
Imprint LEIDEN : Brill, 2014.


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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 218 pages) : illustrations (some color
Series Jerusalem studies in religion and culture, 1570-078X ; volume 18
Jerusalem studies in religion and culture ; v. 18.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-213) and index.
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Subject Murugan (Hindu deity) -- Cult.
Murugan (Hindu deity)
Hinduism -- India, South -- Rituals.
Hindu goddesses -- India, South.
Hindu cosmology.
South India.
Indien -- Süd
Genre Electronic books.
Contents List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Contributors; Preface; Chapter One The Cosmic Vortex and Don Handelman's Anthropological Vision: A Personal View; Chapter Two Myths of Murugan: Asymmetry and Hierarchy in a South Indian Puranic Cosmology; From Fragmentation to Encompassment: The Asymmetry of Shiva; The Death of Kama: Asceticism Ascendant and the Nadir of Shakti; The Creation: A Chain Reaction of Fragmentation; The Asura Wars: The Assimilation of Shakti and the Encompassment of the Cosmos; The Asuras: The Asymmetry of Shakti; The Birth of the Asuras: Seduction and Illusion.
The Education of the Asuras: The Value of Materialist RealityThe Incorporation of Evil; From Encompassment to Immanence; Shakti and the Devolution of the Divine; Iconography, Reflexivity, and Shakti; Encompassment and Immanence: Acting in the World; Conclusion; Chapter Three The Guises of the Goddess and the Transformation of the Male: Gangamma's Visit to Tirupati, and the Continuum of Gender; Gangamma in Tirupati; Gangamma's Story; Gangamma Comes Home; The Goddess Disguised; Gangamma's Feet; The Goddess Revealed; Multitudes of Gangamma; Gangamma Meets Gangamma and Transcends Herself.
Gender, Cosmos, CasteBibliography; Chapter Four Growing a Kingdom: The Goddess of Depth in Vizianagaram; 1. Prologue: Every King Needs a Goddess. On the Curved and the Flat, Wilderness and Civilization; 2. The Birth of Paiditalli; 3. Historical Excursus; 4. Goddesses are Grown (Gods are Not); 5. The (Re)Birth of Paiditalli: The Ritual of Devara Pandaga; 6. The Growing of Rice; 7. Pot-Paiditalli Furrows and Sows; 8. The Tevadam Rite: Bringing the Sprouting Goddess Out of the Earth; 9. Nearing the Sirimanu: Ratham, Swing, and Tolellu-the First Furrow; 10. The Sirimanu Jatra.
11. Uyyala Kambālu-Swinging Away to the Wilderness12. Concluding Thoughts; Index.
Summary One God, Two Goddesses studies through their deities three very different South Indian cosmic worlds whose existence depends on their incessant dynamism, which is deeply and intimately related to ongoing transformation and regeneration.
Other Title Print version: Handelman, Don. One god, two goddesses, three studies of South Indian cosmology. 9789004256156 9004256156