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Title: Alcune considerazioni dottrinali e iconografiche su Aṣṭamūrti, l'ottuplice manifestazione di Śiva
Authors: Ramasso, Claudia
Issue Date: 2002
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: The present article deals with the eightfold manifestation of Rudra, the 'terrible' counterpart of the benign God Śiva, which is also known as Aṣṭamūrti. It sets out to study these manifestations both through a critical analysis of those textual passages concerned with the genesis and the particular nature of each collective mūrti, and by looking at the iconographical indications obtainable from texts and from a number of representative examples. The names given to those eight divine manifetsations are: Rudra, Mahadeva, Śarva, Bhava, Pāśupati, Īśāna, Bhīma und Ugra; these bear a relation with the cosmic elements such as the sun, the moon, earth, water, fire, air, ether or sky and the brāhmaṇa or consciousness. In connection with Aṣṭamūrti, these vary elements are, moreover, represented in an un-iconic shape by some liṅga found in numerous temples of the Indian subcontinent.
Appears in Collections:Annali di Ca' Foscari. Serie orientale

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