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We live in times where people have extreme views. On the one hand, there are scholars who describe Shivas linga literally as a phallus, and see all metaphoric meaning as embarrassed apology of the uneducated. On the other hand, we have puritanical Hindus who want to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shivas lore. In both cases, a symbol is being red We live in times where people have extreme views. On the one hand, there are scholars who describe Shivas linga literally as a phallus, and see all metaphoric meaning as embarrassed apology of the uneducated. On the other hand, we have puritanical Hindus who want to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shivas lore. In both cases, a symbol is being reduced to a sign. In Shiva to Shankara, Devdutt Pattanaik, Indias leading mythologist, seeks to bridge the gap. As he explores the layers of meanings embedded in Shivas linga, we discover why and how the Goddess transforms Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder.

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We live in times where people have extreme views. On the one hand, there are scholars who describe Shivas linga literally as a phallus, and see all metaphoric meaning as embarrassed apology of the uneducated. On the other hand, we have puritanical Hindus who want to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shivas lore. In both cases, a symbol is being red We live in times where people have extreme views. On the one hand, there are scholars who describe Shivas linga literally as a phallus, and see all metaphoric meaning as embarrassed apology of the uneducated. On the other hand, we have puritanical Hindus who want to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shivas lore. In both cases, a symbol is being reduced to a sign. In Shiva to Shankara, Devdutt Pattanaik, Indias leading mythologist, seeks to bridge the gap. As he explores the layers of meanings embedded in Shivas linga, we discover why and how the Goddess transforms Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder.
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Title Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless Height
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ISBN-13 9789352641956 Binding HARDCOVER
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Publisher HarperCollins Publishers Pages 160
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