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Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions: The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India Series Number 7 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions: The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India Series Number 7 (Paperback)

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Paperback 316 Pages / Published: 13/11/2003
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This is a full account of Siva's Dance of Bliss, which has become a popular symbol in the West for Hinduism and Eastern Mysticism. Siva is one of the two main gods of Hinduism, and his worshippers comprise half of all Hindus. Siva's Dance of Bliss is based on a remarkable Sanskrit poem written by Umapati Sivacarya, Saiva theologian and temple priest in Cidambaram, South India, in the fourteenth century. Starting with the bronze image of Nataraja, King of Dancers, thereafter the Cidambaram temple, its myth and its priests are viewed in the light of the poem. Umapati's Saiva theology is discussed in relation to his life and also in relation to Vedanta and yoga. The iconography and mythology of the Goddess and of other forms of Siva provide necessary perspective. Art from Cidambaram and neighbouring sites illuminates the text.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521528658
Number of pages: 316
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... a complete and comprehensive account of the hallowed Chidambaram temple ... a veritable store-house of information ... The amount of solid research that has gone into this volume is amazing.' Journal of the Institute of Asian Studies
"David Smith has written a wide-ranging study of Siva's Dance of Bliss. Perceptive and scholarly, the work deals not only with the iconography of the Dancing Siva, but with the temple architecture and worship at Cidambaram, the god's major South Indian Temple....an illuminating tour de force." Choice

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