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Department
Religious Studies
Course
RELIGST 2I03
Professor
Joe Larose
Semester
Fall

Description
Lecture 6 (Monday, October 1, 2012) – A Second Orthodox Response Test ­ 40 marks ­ MC ­ TF ­ Fill in the blank  ­ Some of them are worth 2 marks (choose 2)  ­ Usually 34 – 36 marks ­ Based on slides, lecture notes, portions of the readings that were discussed in class  ­ Dates will be given (ranges, you don’t have to produce them)  Kumarasambhava (Kale) ­ We see ascetic practices as a way of impressing the god Siva  ­ Only a son of Siva can defeat a particularly powerful demon but Siva is celibate and has no interest in  producing offspring  ­ The Gods in the attempt to get a son from Siva have a wife picked out for him, Parvati  ­ The problem of the text is how to get Siva and Parvati together  ­ What the minor gods to is send the God of desire, Kama (love/lust), to disrupt Siva’s practice ­ When Kama shows up, Siva is in ascetic practice: 3.44 – 47  ­ Although this text is a mythological account of the activities of the Gods, descriptions like these  inform the practice of ascetic traditions  ­ Kama is unsuccessful, Siva sees him coming and he burns him down to the ground  ­ Parvati then sits down and starts doing ascetic practices (Chapter 5 describes this: 5.8 – 9)  ­ 5.18: she increase the severity of her asceticism  ­ 5.20:  ­ 5.25: sleeping outside ­ 5.26: standing in cold water in the winter ­ 5.28: fasting  ­ Siva comes to her becaus
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