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ḍamaru

ḍamaru  

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The drum of the Hindu god, Śiva. It accompanies him as Naṭarāja, the Lord of the Dance. It is shaped like an hour-glass, with each half representing the liṅga and ...
Genital myths and symbols

Genital myths and symbols  

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In myths from many parts of the world, male genitals especially are treated as sacred or taboo objects. Ham is punished for seeing his father Noah's genitals. The loss of ...
Kālikā Purāṇa

Kālikā Purāṇa  

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(c.10th century ce)A medieval Śākta Purāṇa. Classified as one of the upapurāṇas, it focuses on the story of Satī's dismemberment, and, in particular, the worship of the goddess as Kāmākhyā at ...
Kāmarūpa

Kāmarūpa  

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The site, near Guwahati/Gauhati in Assam, of the most significant Tantric Śākta complex in India. Considered the original śaktipīṭha, Satī's dismembered yoni, represented by a spring-moistened cleft ...
liṇga

liṇga  

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A symbol of divine generative energy, especially a phallus or phallic object as a symbol of Shiva. The word comes from Sanskrit liṅga, literally ‘mark, (sexual) characteristic’.
Liṇga Myths

Liṇga Myths  

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Sacrifice is at the center of Hinduism (see Hinduism entries); it is the price paid for prosperity or śri (see Śri, see Lakṣmī). Traditionally, near the sacrificial altar, standing as a kind of guard ...
śaktipīṭha

śaktipīṭha  

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A pan-Indian network of Tantric Śākta pilgrimage sites, each marking a spot where, according to the myth of Śiva's dismemberment of Satī, parts of the Goddess's body fell to earth and are manifested ...
Śiva

Śiva  

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(Skt., ‘auspicious’).Major deity in Hinduism, the third in the Hindu trinity (trimūrti), along with Brahmā and Viṣṇu. In the Vedas,śiva appears as an epithet of Rudra, not as separate ...
Southeast Asian Mythology

Southeast Asian Mythology  

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Mainland Southeast Asia, made up of countries we now call Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Burma, and populated by Austroasiatic or Austronesian peoples, lies between two cultural giants, ...
Vedic Cosmogony

Vedic Cosmogony  

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At the center of Vedic creation as expressed particularly in the ṛg Veda (see ṛg Veda) is the idea of creation as separation, or sacrifice, which leads to the ordering of chaos. Incest plays a role ...

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