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To the origin of the cult of Dionysus

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To the origin of the cult of Dionysus

Shivain Initial Vedic PerceptionTheTrinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and MaheshaShiva, the Mahadeva, represents one of the threevisible forms, or the functional aspects of God,namely, the creation, preservation and dissolution,that is, bringing the cosmos into existence, sustainingit and finally withdrawing it from existing. LordShiva represents the last of these three aspects,that is, dissolution or destruction of the cosmos. The other two aspects, the creation and the preservation,are represented respectively by Prajapati or Brahma,and Vishnu.

To the origin of the cult of Dionysus

Shivain Initial Vedic PerceptionTheTrinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and MaheshaShiva, the Mahadeva, represents one of the threevisible forms, or the functional aspects of God,namely, the creation, preservation and dissolution,that is, bringing the cosmos into existence, sustainingit and finally withdrawing it from existing. LordShiva represents the last of these three aspects,that is, dissolution or destruction of the cosmos. The other two aspects, the creation and the preservation,are represented respectively by Prajapati or Brahma,and Vishnu.

Prajapati Brahma and Vishnu are Vedicgods. In the Rigveda, Prajapati and Brahma arementioned as two gods, though both almost alikeresponsible for the act of Creation. Hence, inlater Vedic literature, they merge into one entity,and are sometimes alluded to as Prajapati Brahmaand sometimes as two synonymous terms alternatingeach other. In Puranic literature, Brahma getspre-eminence and the term Prajapati is used onlyas the other name of Brahma to avoid monotonousrepetition of the same nomenclature.

Initially,that is, in the Rigveda, Vishnu is a subordinatetype of god, but later by Puranic era, he attainsthe status of the Lord of the universe and theprincipal Vedic god. Shiva as such, or as Mahadeva, is not alludedto in proper Vedas. The Rigveda, however, frequentlymentions a brown complexioned sun-like brilliantand gold-like glowing animal-skin-wearing entityby the name of Rudra, or Ishan, who, as per theRigvedic description, is synonymous of a violentnon-Aryan jungle or tribal god capable of subduing,by his mighty arrows, even the most wild of animals.

He did not hesitate even to kill human beings andsought delight in such destruction. Hence,the Rigveda is somewhat critical of his wildnessand invokes him for not destroying his devotees,their ancestors, offspring, relatives and horses. It is only gradually and somewhat in simultaneitythat the Rigveda softens and sophisticates himinto a civil god of Aryan kind and includes himinto the Vedic pantheon.

The later Vedic literatureidentifies in Rudra the proto form of the subsequentShiva. When Puranas perceived the formless Godmanifest in His triple function, which He performedas the Creator, Sustainer and Destroyer, both initiallyand finally, as well as always, they chose Shivato represent one of these functional aspects ofHim and elevated him to the status of the GreatTrinity.

Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, Only the Time-Bound Manifestationsof the Timeless GodShiva, as well as Brahma and Vishnu, do not representGod but only His functional aspects, which manifestin Creation, in sustaining the Creation and, finally,in withdrawing the Creation, which occurs afterevery kalpa, which is the scheduled age of eachCreation.

Obviously, after the Creation is withdrawnand the kalpa comes to an end, God's functionalaspects too disappear and so does the Great Trinityrepresenting them. Thus, the Trinity, with eachof Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu having a scheduledlife-span, is the time-bound manifestation of thetimeless One, that is, the Trinity disappears afterits allotted life-span to re-appear when the nextkalpa begins, but the Omnipresent God neither appearsnor disappears because He is always there beforethe time began and after its scale has exhausted.

In Indian cosmological tabulation, Shiva's life-spanis double of the Vishnu's and Vishnu's double ofthe Brahma's. Brahma's life-span comprises of Brahma years, which are equivalent to million,9 hundred thousand, 17 thousand and years ofhuman calendar.

CShiva, thus different from what the Puranas proclaim,is not Brahma's creation. He rather precedes hisTrinity counterparts, Brahma and Vishnu, on timescale.

This pre-eminence of Shiva over others asmuch reflects in their related theological chronologyand availability of their iconic representationsin visual arts.

Brahma and Vishnu have their rootsin the Vedas, and not before. Shiva has a pre-Vedicorigin, as his worship cult seems to have beenin vogue amongst the Indus dwellers, even around B.

The excavations of various archaeologicalsites in the Indus valley reveal two sets of archaeologicalfinds that suggest the prevalence of the cult ofworshipping both, his anthropomorphic as well assymbolic representations. This excavated materialincludes a number of terracotta seals representinga yogi icon and the phallus type baked clay objects,obviously the votive lings, suggestive of somekind of phallus-worship cult of the non-Aryan settlersof the Indus cities.

Seated in meditative posture,the stern looking Yogi figure wears a typical head-dressmade of buffalo horns and is surrounded by variousanimal icons, lion, elephant, buffalo-type bull,rhinoceros etc. And the bird forms above. In some seals, this Yogi figure consists of threeheads.

That the symbolic phallus icons and theanthropomorphic representations relate to one andthe same entity becomes obvious from the iconographicthrust, which defines the Yogi form. One of themost significant cardinals of this Yogi iconography,and perhaps more so than others, is its well erectand emphatically exposed phallus, similar to theUrddh-ling Shiva icons, a cult of Shiva, whichdominated Shaivite sculptural art for centuriesfrom around the period of Kushanas.

These finds,datable to the period from B. Or even later, show the continuity of such worshipcult till much after the Vedic era. This is furtheraffirmed by the Rigveda itself. The Rigveda atleast twice talks of the phallus worshipping non-Aryantribes and vehemently condemns the practice. Thanks for such an well researched article on Lord Shiva. The evolution of the Shiva Icon from the 'pre-vedic' times to later texts was indeed well explained.

Congratulations to the writers. Two points I would however like to point out are i The writers still seem to subscribe to the theory of 'Aryan Invasion' at least indirectly by suggesting that the Vedic culture was different from the Indus. Current understanding suggests that this was a myth and perhaps the Indus culture was in fact the proto Vedic vulture maybe with some 'Aryan' influences that catalysed the evolution. This topic has however taken the shape of a political debates with historians these days.

Ii From such learned people as the authors of this fantastic article it would have been interesting and enlightening to get a perpective of the philosophy behind the iconogarphy. All said and done this is a great article and my Congratulations again. This piece of history is from the Mahabharata. She was dying with shame but inside, like a true kshatrani woman of the warrior race , she was burning with anger. I have heard that women who follow dharma were never brought before a public court.

Greed is the destroyer of dharma. I do not desire a third boon. Draupadi was as forgiving as mother earth herself. Just then Arjuna saw his dear friend Bhagawan Krishna approaching him. He is a brahmin and worthy of our worship. Their mother should not cry, like I have at the death of my children. When standing under a Ashok tree, tired and exhausted, she raised her right hand for seeking support of a branch of the tree.

The unique balance that defined his entire life was pre-determined in this duality. One day, in the palace garden he frightened his attendants. He ate less and less till his diet reduced to a sesame seed, and himself, to a mere skeleton. Seven days after the attainment of enlightenment gods sent food for breaking his fast.

This verse is vividly illustrated in the story of king Rantideva occurring in the Srimad Bhagavatam. He did not believe in hoarding, was above all attachments and was highly patient. They were all trembling due to starvation and thirst. What I want is only this: That I be able to go and live in the hearts of all beings and undergo sufferings on their behalf, so that they may become free from all miseries. With main emphasis on his majesty in South Indian tradition this crown is taller than usual.

His 'khadgasana' images are usually in three modes; one with his right foot moved forward represents him in a commander's disposition ready to rush for protecting a devotee in crisis or redeem him from some calamity. Harihara, a form in which he shares with Shiva half of the body. Basically a bird Garuda is seen for ages as Vishnu's ardent devotee, a learned human being and an auspicious presence, and in iconographic tradition often conceived with a man's face, anatomy, ornaments and ensemble.

The Puranas are replete with tales of Garuda's divine exploits. If dharma makes it mandatory that conjugal pleasure be restricted to the life partner, how is it that Krishna indulged in the amorous sport of Rasa with others' wives? Some stopped cooking, some stopped feeding, some stopped eating, some stopped washing clothes etc.

And ran away. Upanishads call the jiva in waking state as Vishwa and the dreaming jiva as Taijasa Mandukya Upanishad Mantras Where women are revered, there the gods rejoice; but where they are not, all efforts are unfruitful.

The husband, tradition says, is the wife, They can never be cut loose from one another. This is the dharma made by Brahma himself.

If the driver of a vehicle injures a man, animal or property, he needs to be punished along with the owner of the vehicle. This in a nutshell, is the definition of suffering and happiness. She is the wrathful four-armed goddess of battlefield represented holding in them various weapons.

A form of Lakshmi seated over a lotus laid over a golden seat and a pair of white elephants. Except in some classical forms in Lakshmi-Narayana imagery Lakshmi is ordinarily two-armed. Incarnation theory is the crux of Vaishnavism. Vishnu incarnates alone but Lakshmi also incarnates in simultaneity. Then he works hard again to acquire wealth. I render all his efforts futile. However, Bhagawan Vishnu is not like that, it takes longer to please Him.

As a consequence, they later harassed the great God Himself. On the seventh day, he bathed in the holy waters of Kedarnath and began to cut his head with an axe to offer into the fire.

The boy bowed respectfully before the demon and asked. No one who commits sin against a great person can be safe and happy in this world. A wise person should serve his body and family only to the extent that is functionally necessary. The person who lays claim on the surplus wealth is nothing but a thief. He should share all objects of enjoyment with everyone, right down to dogs, sinners.

How despicable is this body, which if buried is going to become the food of worms, or excreta if eaten by animals. Since a son is to thus revere his elders even after their death, what to say that he is expected to serve them when they are alive.

The person wishing to follow the path of dharma should steer clear of the five forms of Adharma. Dance illustrates one of the ever-first cosmic acts with which Shiva seems to have tamed violent motion and separated from it rhythm, moves that communicated emotions and states of mind — human mind and the cosmic, and disciplined and defined pace. Unlike Vishnu who resorted to dance for accomplishing a contemplated objective, Shiva has been conceived more or less as a regular dancer performing for accomplishing an objective as also for pure aesthetic delight.

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Print Send Add Share. Notes Abstract: This paper examines connections and similarities between Demeter and Dionysus in the context of literature, cult and iconography, mainly from the Archaic to the Classical Period. The evidence for these connections is drawn from a number of primary and secondary sources, including plays, contemporary prose and archaeological evidence. The connection between Demeter and Dionysus is not only observable in the present day in a number of different contexts, but is commented on by contemporary figures as well. There seems to be a general increase in the manner and frequency with which the two deities are linked over time, in particular through the figure of Iacchos.

His attempts to better the lives of his creation brought him into conflict with Zeus. Firstly he tricked the gods out of the best portion of the sacrificial feast, acquiring the meat for the feasting of man. Then, when Zeus withheld fire, he stole it from heaven and delivered it to mortal kind hidden inside a fennel-stalk. As punishment for these rebellious acts, Zeus ordered the creation of Pandora the first woman as a means to deliver misfortune into the house of man, or as a way to cheat mankind of the company of the good spirits. Prometheus meanwhile, was arrested and bound to a stake on Mount Kaukasos Caucasus where an eagle was set to feed upon his ever-regenerating liver or, some say, heart. Generations later the great hero Herakles Heracles came along and released the old Titan from his torture.

His thyrsus , sometimes wound with ivy and dripping with honey, is both a beneficent wand and a weapon used to destroy those who oppose his cult and the freedoms he represents. As Eleutherios "the liberator" , his wine, music and ecstatic dance free his followers from self-conscious fear and care, and subvert the oppressive restraints of the powerful. Those who partake of his mysteries are believed to become possessed and empowered by the god himself. In his religion, identical with or closely related to Orphism , Dionysus was believed to have been born from the union of Zeus and Persephone , and to have himself represented a chthonic or underworld aspect of Zeus. Many believed that he had been born twice, having been killed and reborn as the son of Zeus and the mortal Semele.

To the origin of the cult of Dionysus

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Hephaestus , Greek Hephaistos , in Greek mythology , the god of fire. Originally a deity of Asia Minor and the adjoining islands in particular Lemnos , Hephaestus had an important place of worship at the Lycian Olympus. His cult reached Athens not later than about bce although it scarcely touched Greece proper and arrived in Campania not long afterward. His Roman counterpart was Vulcan.

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