Publisher description for Siva, the erotic ascetic / Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Siva (Hindu deity)
Mythology, Hindu.