God Inside Out: 'Siva's Game of Dice / Edition 1

God Inside Out: 'Siva's Game of Dice / Edition 1

by Don Handelman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195108450

ISBN-13: 9780195108453

Pub. Date: 06/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book offers a new exploration of the mythology of the Hindu god Siva, who spends his time playing dice with his wife, to whom he habitually loses. The result of the game is our world, which turns the god inside-out and changes his internal composition. Hindus maintain that Siva is perpetually absorbed in this game, which is recreated in innumerable stories,

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This book offers a new exploration of the mythology of the Hindu god Siva, who spends his time playing dice with his wife, to whom he habitually loses. The result of the game is our world, which turns the god inside-out and changes his internal composition. Hindus maintain that Siva is perpetually absorbed in this game, which is recreated in innumerable stories, poems, paintings, and sculptural carvings. This notion of the god at play, argue Handelman and Shulman, is one of the most central and expressive veins in the metaphysics elaborated through the centuries, in many idioms and modes, around the god.
The book comprises three interlocking essays; the first presents the dice-game proper, in the light of the texts and visual depictions the authors have collected. The second and third chapters take up two mythic "sequels" to the game. Based on their analysis of these sequels, the authors argue that notions of "asceticism" so frequently associated with Siva, with Yoga, and with Hindu religion are, in fact, foreign to Hinduism's inherent logic as reflected in Siva's game of dice. They suggest an alternative reading of this set of practices and ideas, providing startling new insights into Hindu mythology and the major poetic texts from the classical Sanskrit tradition.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195108453
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

IWhen Siva Plays
1Bhrngin's Scream3
2The Elephanta Panels7
3On Losing: Kedarakhanda 34-3517
4Minor Victories25
4How to Play32
6The Boundary between Not-Play and Play37
7Metaphysics of the Fluid Indic Cosmos45
8Generating the Expected: The Rajasuya Dice Game and the Modeling of the Cosmos61
9Generating the Unexpected: The Mahabharata Dice Game68
10The Elimination of the Androgyne Outcome74
11Excursus: When Visnu Plays Dice93
12Unfettered, the Trickster Who Plays with God96
13One More Game106
IIThe Andhaka Outcome
1Withered Clown113
2Mistress of Play116
3Birth, Body, Transformation122
4Andhaka at Ellora131
5Andhaka of Arcot145
6Adi and Viraka: Becoming a Rock155
IIIMelting and Marrying
1Color and Heat159
2On Redness164
3The Self Disguised167
4Spaces and Gaps176
IVConclusion
1Fullness185
2Hunger189
3Signs193
4Selves198
References203
Index213

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