rpeck at NECA.COM
Wed Feb 16 19:18:22 UTC 2000
Dear Vidya Kamat,
I had an interest similar to yours and could find no direct references and
in fact became aware of the paucity of references to nipples as well as
breasts which struck me as unusual since India seemed little concerned with
genitalia. I did find however a great number of references to androgyny that
artists seemed to depict with one breast on a god.
Bob (not Prof.. amateur only)
From: Vidya Kamat <davinci at VSNL.COM>
To: INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK <INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK>
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2000 11:54 AM
Subject: Re: Information Request
><<Dear Vidya Kamat,
>I translate the ParAtriMshikA as stating that the ideal of Yoga is to
>androgyny as exemplifed by Rudra. The yogi becomes a yogini because of
>releasing the lower feminine power. The Hathayoga pradipika describes
>kanda as the source of feminine power that does feminize. Breasts may
>become the outer manifesting of this higher power.
>Your tip is very valuable. I shall go through the text for more details.
>The thrust of my query is focused on the area where a male divinity
>appropriates the female organ ( i.e.breasts).
>It appears to be an ancient mythological construct. In RV SarasVAn is
>said to have breasts so does the Egyptian river god HApi who is clearly
>depicted with breast. Both the gods are river/water gods.
>I was just curious to know if there were any other references to male
>god acquiring breasts and the contexts in which this occurs.
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