Are the gods literate?
jehms at KABELFOON.NL
Wed Nov 3 16:04:10 UTC 1999
Op dinsdag, 02-nov-99 schreef Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan:
SP| Tamil ziva is indeed literate.
SP| There are some other stories regarding ziva in the Tamil zaivism
SP| demonstrating ziva's literacy. For instance, the episode of ziva preventing
SP| cuntarar's wedding involves ziva producing a document showing that cuntarar
SP| was his slave.
SP| Even more interesting is the story involving ziva at tiruvoRRiyUr. He is
SP| called ezuttaRiyum perumAn2, the Lord who is literate. A brief sketch of the
SP| story is this. A king who wanted to die asked his accountant to reduce
SP| endowments to all ziva temples. The accountant revised all the accounts to
SP| reflect that. But the next day, when they looked at the ledger, they were
SP| surprised to find that there was an insertion to the effect " excepting the
SP| temple at tiruvoRRiyUr". Of course, the endowment to tiruvoRRiyUr was not
So where did he go to school? Which degree dies he have? Has he ever heard of
Shakespear or the Tao-te Ching? Can he use Word, or WordPerfect, or does he use a bicpen? Where
does he buy his books, in Motilals?
Erik Hoogcarspel mailto: jehms at kabelfoon.nl
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