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Siva: The Erotic Ascetic (Galaxy Books)

Siva: The Erotic Ascetic (Galaxy Books)
Author: Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty
ISBN 13: 9780195202502
ISBN 10: 195202503
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 1981-05-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $39.99

Originally published under the title Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva, this book traces the development of an Indian approach to an enduring human dilemma: the conflict between spiritual aspirations and human desires. The work examines hundreds of related myths and a wide range of Indian texts—Vedic, Puranic, classical, modern, and tribal—centering on the stories of the great ascetic, Siva, and his erotic alter ego, Kama.