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Table of Contents Introduction A. Stories externalize internal complexities B. Sexual desire [kama] as paradigm for generic desire [kama] C. Stories mold worldview D. Tale of Yayati: Telling stories about desire E. A flow of stories with no reliable dates F. Visual Representations of Kamadeva G. Structure of this study of Kama and kama Chapter 1 Stories of Beginnings: Kamadeva and his wives A. The "birth" of Kamadeva B. Kamadeva's wife: Rati C. Kamadeva's Companions: Vasanta and the Maras D. Kamadeva's other wife: Priti -- Karnotpala E. Who is Kamadeva? Translation: Tale of Karnotpala Chapter 2 Kamadeva, Skilled Marksman A. Siva Wins: Kama Turned to Ash B. Kama Wins: Kama's Power within Siva C. Devi Wins: Kama as devotee of the Goddess Chapter 3 Kamadeva as Pradyumna, son of Kr?s?n?a A. Story of Pradyumna B. Variant Pradyumnas and Sambaras C. Kama marries Mayavati Desire embedded in and wedded to Illusion D. The story of Pradyumna - Kama as allegory Chapter 4 Kamadeva and Khan?d?asila: rituals and metaphors A. Story of Khan?d?asila B. Parallel tale of Indra and Ahalya C. Why women become stones D. Reflecting on Khan?d?asila: Siva in the Pine Forest E. Devotion to Kamadeva F. What Kama and Khan?d?asila say about desire Translation: Tale of Khan?d?asila Chapter 5 Worshipping Kamadeva A. Kamadeva's Festivals and Pujas: the "damanakotsava" B. Kamadeva as fertility god and Vratas for prostitutes C. Rituals for beauty and husbands: tirthas for couples D. Why Rituals of Devotion to Kamadeva Translation: The Damanaka Festival [damanakotsava] Chapter 6 Recognizing Kama: perspectives of early texts A. Kama in the R?g Veda and Atharva Veda B. Kama in the Brah?man?as C. Kama in the Upanis?ads D. Kama as a human goal, a purus?artha (Mahabharata) E. Kama and Krodha: Desire and Anger (Mahabharata) F. Kama: Upholder of the Earth and Cosmic Will Mahabharata) G. Song of Kama (Kamagita): the Power of Desire (Mahabharata) H. Kama in service to a Tantric goddess: Chinnamasta I. Historical progression of Kama and his Greek cousin Eros Chapter 7 Kamadeva's Assistants: celestial beings, birds, and crocodiles A. Apsarases B. Gandharvas C. Parrot: Kamadeva's Vehicle D. Makara, emblem of the god of desire Chapter 8 Kama as the Buddhist Mara and Mañjusri A. Attitudes toward kama in early Buddhist literature B. Kama and Mara: Desire and Death C. Upagupta and Mara: Mara as the Buddha D. Vimalakirti and Mara: enlightened Maras E. Mañjusri and Kamadeva: desire as a path to wisdom Chapter 9 CONCLUSIONS: the Meaning of Desire A. What does Kamadeva teach about desire? B. Attitudes toward desire in Sanskrit story literature Bibliography: Sanskrit Texts Bibliography: Translations Bibliography: General Sources
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Kåama (Hindu deity) in literature.
Desire -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism.
Sanskrit literature -- History and criticism.