Siva in Trouble by Axel Michaels
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Siva in Trouble
By Axel Michaels

Siva in Trouble

Festivals and Rituals at the Pasupatinatha Temple of Deopatan

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Siva in Trouble by Axel Michaels

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The town of Deopatan, three kilometers northeast of Kathmandu, is above all famous for its main sanctum, the temple of Pa'supati, the 'lord of the animals,' a form of 'Siva and the tutelary deity of the kings of Nepal since ancient times. By its name alone, the temple attracts thousands of pilgrims each year and has made itself known far beyond the Kathamndu Valley. However, for the dominant Newar population the town is by no means merely the seat of 'Siva or Pa'supati. It is also a city of wild goddesses and other deities. Due to this tension between two strands of Hinduism - the pure, vegetarian Smarta Hinduism and the Newar Hinduism which implies alcohol and blood sacrifices - 'Siva/Pa'supati has more than once been in trouble, as the many festivals and rituals descripbed and analyzed in this book reveal. Deopatan is a contested field. Different deities, agents social groups, ritual specialists, and institutions are constantly seeking dominance, challenging and even fighting each other, thus contributing to social and political dynamics and tensions that are indeed distinct in South Asia. It is these aspects on which Axel Michaels concentrates in this book.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195343021
ISBN-10: 0195343026
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 162mm x 22mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 10-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Axel Michaels

Professor of Classical Indology, University of Heidelberg

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