buried images

Herman Tull hwtull at MSN.COM
Tue Apr 22 22:22:45 UTC 2008

And, of course, the "gold man" (purusa/prajapati, identified with the 
sacrificer) used in the agnicayana rite is not buried in the ground per se, 
but buried in the base layer of the altar--a non-permanent (though certainly 
imposing) structure.

Herman Tull
Princeton, NJ

From: "Smith, Frederick M" <frederick-smith at UIOWA.EDU>
Sent: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 5:23 PM
To: <INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: buried images

> Thanks to Allen, Bob T, Axel, Ashok and others for answering my query. It 
> seems that the evidence beyond what might be speculated from the buried 
> heads beneath the agnicayana altar is sketchy and without much (if any) 
> textual basis.
> regards
> Fred Smith
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Indology on behalf of Allen W Thrasher
> Sent: Tue 4/22/2008 3:51 PM
> To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
> Subject: Re: buried images
> I don't know if it's pertinent, but there is a custom in the US, among 
> people having difficulty sellling a house, of burying a statue of St. 
> Joseph upside down in the yard until it's sold.  This is not confined to 
> Catholics.  A lot of Catholic goods stores have stopped selling statues of 
> him, instead offering pictures only, on the grounds it's superstitious and 
> irreverent.  I'm waiting for a fresh rash of articles on it with the 
> current real estate crisis.
> One is, of course, supposed to dig the statue up when the house is sold.
> I have not come across any references to this before this generation.  Nor 
> has Snopes.com been able to find any: < 
> http://www.snopes.com/luck/stjoseph.asp >.
> Allen
> Allen W. Thrasher, Ph.D., Senior Reference Librarian
> South Asia Team, Asian Division
> Library of Congress, Jefferson Building 150
> 101 Independence Ave., S.E.
> Washington, DC 20540-4810
> tel. 202-707-3732; fax 202-707-1724; athr at loc.gov
> The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Library of 
> Congress.

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