Integrity of academia
naga_ganesan at HOTMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 28 19:44:11 EST 2000
One of the earliest Lingam representaions with Shiva
as Kapardin standing on a dwarf is in GuDimallam.
This lingam is a clear representation of the male phallus.
But, I agree that in Saiva siddhantam from 5th century
no one talks of Shiva as a phallic symbol. In fact,
PeriyapuraaNam says Lingam is the aru-uru. Something
a symbol in between Form and Formless. Something like neither
1 nor 0 in binary math.
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