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One God, Two Goddesses, Three Studies of South Indian Cosmology
     

One God, Two Goddesses, Three Studies of South Indian Cosmology

by Don Handelman
 

One God, Two Goddesses presents three studies, one of Tamil myths of the god Murugan and two of goddess rituals: Gangamma in Tirupati and Paiditalli in Vizianagaram, both in Andhra Pradesh. All three essays search for lineaments of the cosmos that these deities inhabit and shape. These cosmoi are characterised by the dynamism of their incessant interior

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One God, Two Goddesses presents three studies, one of Tamil myths of the god Murugan and two of goddess rituals: Gangamma in Tirupati and Paiditalli in Vizianagaram, both in Andhra Pradesh. All three essays search for lineaments of the cosmos that these deities inhabit and shape. These cosmoi are characterised by the dynamism of their incessant interior movement. Should they become still, they would die. Dieties activate and regenerate such a cosmos. The dynamism of Murugan's regenerates her cosmos through feminizing it. Through ritual, Paiditalli annually re-grows the historic little kingdom of Vizianagaram, regenerating its kingship. All three studies point to the need to rethink cosmology in South India.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004256156
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Series:
Jerusalem Studies in Religion and Culture , #18
Edition description:
xviii, 216 pp, index
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Don Handelman, Ph.D. (1971), Manchester University, is Shaine Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Hebrew University. He publishes extensively on ritual and religion, including Models and Mirrors (Berghahn 1998) and co-authored with David Shulman God Inside Out (Oxford, 1997) and Śiva in the Forest of Pines (Oxford, 2004).

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