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By David R. Kinsley

Goddess worship has lengthy been an important point of Hinduism. during this ebook David Kinsley, writer of The Sword and the Flute—Kali & Krsna: darkish Visions of the poor and the chic in Hindu Mythology, types out the wealthy but usually chaotic historical past of Hindu goddess worship.

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An important feature of Sri in this hymn is her association with fertility, a feature that was not significantly emphasized in earlier usages of the term sn in Vedic literature. In the Sri-sukta she is described as moist (13,14), perceptible through odor (9), abundant in harvest, and dwelling in cow dung (9). Her son is said to be Kardama, which means mud, mire, or slime (11). Clearly, Sri is associated with growth and the fecundity of moist, rich soil. Her presence is affirmed to be discernible in the mysterious potency of the earth.

And ParvatT told in detail. Two distinct goddesses emerge in this fully developed mythology: Sati, the daughter of Daksa, who becomes Siva's first wife, and Parvatf, daughter of Himavat and his wife Mena, who is a reincarnation of Sati and becomes Siva's second wife. Although the mythologies of the two goddesses (or the two lives of the same goddess) are similar in many details (and have probably influenced each other), each goddess (or each life of the goddess) is distinctive enough to be treated separately.

As such it seems to be a distinct, disembodied power that is acquired by kings in various ways. It seems to be a power associated more with the office of the king than with the king himself. At one point sri is identified with the cushion upon which the king sits. 2 Sri also refers to riches, prosperity, and 19 20 SRl-LAKJMl abundance in general. In that sense it is something that may be acquired or possessed by anyone. In short, sn refers to most auspicious qualities and suggests general well-being in terms of physical health, material prosperity, bodily beauty, and ruling majesty.

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