origin of mAl

Periannan Chandrasekaran perichandra at YAHOO.COM
Thu Jun 17 01:54:10 UTC 1999

--- Mani Varadarajan <mani at SHASTA.STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
> I originally wrote:
> > > Dear Indologists,
> > >
> > > Is there any account of the birth of mAl/mAyOn
> > > in Tamil literature? I am looking for something
> > > similar to murukan's birth from koRRavai, later
> > > fused with Durga/Parvati.
> To which Mr. Periyannan replied:
> > If by "pArvati" you meant "the lady of the hills",
> > and by "koRRavai" "the goddess of the desert/arid terrain",
> > then the birth of murukan2's birth from pArvati ...
> No, I am asking about the birth of mAl (vishNu),
> not murukan.
> koRRavai, according to Zvelebil, is the ancient
> Tamil goddess of war, whose identity was later
> fused with that of the Sanskrit deity pArvatI,
> once murukan and subrahmaNya/skanda become
> indistinguishable.
> Mani

 I was trying to correct your statement and   that murukan2 was born to
koRRavai and not to pAvati who you seem to think was not the mother of
murukan2 in the early texts.

Though we are not discussing your main question, by Skt deity pArvati,
do you mean Aryan deity?

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