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An Approach to Hindu Erotic Sculpture

Title:An Approach to Hindu Erotic Sculpture
Author:Danielou, Alain
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 2 Issue no. 1; December 1947, p. 78-89, 91-92
Abstract:The place of erotic sculpture in medieval Hindu temples is justified by means of arguments highlighting the symbology of these sculptures. The negative approach of the English is discounted, and in its place 10 viewpoints, based on ancient Hindu logic, are presented as alternative approaches to temple sculpture of this genre. The Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads are cited to display the erotic images as symbols of creation, bliss, divinity, and liberation. Besides, these images also performed the functions of education and acted as a test for those seeking renunciation. A relationship is forwarded between erotic emblems and the syllable "aum", and between the postures of yogic practices and those of erotic images.

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