"Lord of animals" - Bibliography

Dominique.Thillaud thillaud at UNICE.FR
Fri Feb 20 08:09:40 UTC 1998

>> An acquaintance of mine, Professor in Catholic Theology, is looking for
>> references/information about; "Lord of animals" (hope I got the right word
>> in english! in German: Herr der Tiere) in various religions and asked me,
>> if I could tell something about it from Indian context. I only know that
>> "Siva" is known as the Lord of Animals in Hindu mythology, and as a native
>> Telugu, know the story associated with the SreekALahasti (temple).
>> Could the list members please point any books/articles on: Siva as the
>> Lord of Animals. Please send a copy of your reply to the addresses given
>> below too!

        Not an answer but a linked query.
Why translate pazupati by "Lord of animals", "Herr der Tiere"? pazu,
opposed to mRga, seems to be just the livestock, the domestic animals; and,
as far I know, mRgapati is not a name of ziva nor rudra but of lion or
tiger. The distinction between domestic and wild animals is very important:
only the first ones are sacrified. The terms "Lord of cattle", "Herr des
Viehes" would be perhaps better.
        Any comment?

Dominique THILLAUD
Universite' de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France

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