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Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India (David Smith) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521528658
Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India (David Smith) Paperback Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2003) 9780521528658
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Title: The Dance of Siva: Religion, Art and Poetry in South India

Author: Smith, David

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2003

Paperback; ISBN: 9780521528658

Volumes: 1; Pages: 313

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The Dance of Siva is a complete account of Siva's Dance of Bliss, which is based on a remarkable Sanskrit poem written by Umapati Sivacarya about 1300 A.D.. Siva is one of the two main gods of Hinduism. The book deals with the famous Chola Nataraja bronze--today the best-known Hindu image, the key location of Siva's Dance in South India, and the temple of Cidambaram. Dr. Smith explores all aspects of Nataraja and the Goddess, and the temple, its priests and ritual. Relevant contemporary art from Cidambaram and neighboring sites illuminates the text.Contents1. The Nataraja bronze2. The Cidambaram myth3. Temple, priests and ritual4. The Hall of Consciousness, the Heart of the Universe5. Saiva Siddhanta and Vedanta6. The Goddess7. Bhiksatana8. Bhairava the Terrible and other forms of Siva9. Saints, Dancing Girls, Ganas and Apasmara10. Last words
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