Christopher Wallis bhairava11 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 9 02:36:40 UTC 2013

P.s. the verse has several parallels I can dig up for you if you don't know
them, and it is historically important because it shows that for orthodox
brāhmaṇas at this time, contact with an initiated Śaiva is as polluting as
contact with an untouchable -- which I hope makes one hesitate to place
Śaivism under the rubric "Hinduism", at least for the early medieval period.

On 8 June 2013 12:56, Patrick Olivelle <jpo at uts.cc.utexas.edu> wrote:

> Does anyone know whether the term "kāruka" has a specifically Śaiva
> technical meaning -- perhaps a special kind of initiate? I see this in a
> verse:
> kāpālikāḥ pāśupatāḥ śaivaś ca saha kārukaiḥ |
> dṛṣṭāś ced ravim īkṣeta spṛṣṭāś cet snānam ācaret ||
> Thanks.
> Patrick
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