Journals Higher Education



Published: 19 June 1997

232 Pages | 27 halftones, 2 line drawings

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195108453

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God Inside Out

'Siva's Game of Dice

Don Handelman and David Shulman
Photographs by Carmel Berkson

This book offers a new exploration of the mythology of the Hindu god 'Siva, who spends his time playing dice with his wife, to whom he habitually loses. Hindus maintain that 'Siva is, was, and forever will be absorbed in this game, which is recreated in innumerable stories, poems, paintings, sculptures, and carvings. This telling notion of the god at play, as argue the authors herein, is one of the most central and expressive veins in all of Hindu metaphysics, since it is elaborated upon in accounts of this god throughout the centuries in many different idioms and modes.


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