By Don Handelman (author), David Shulman (author), Carmel Berkson (photographs)
This booklet deals a brand new exploration of the mythology of the Hindu god Siva, who spends his time enjoying cube together with his spouse, to whom he habitually loses. the results of the sport is our international, which turns the god inside-out and alterations his inner composition. Hindus keep that Siva is without end absorbed during this online game, that's recreated in innumerable tales, poems, work, and sculptural carvings. This suggestion of the god at play, arguee Handelman and Shulman, is without doubt one of the so much significant and expressive veins within the metaphysics elaborated throughout the centuries, in lots of idioms and modes, round the god. The booklet includes 3 interlocking essays; the 1st offers the dice-game right, within the mild of the texts and visible depictions the authors have gathered. the second one and 3rd chapters absorb mythic "sequels" to the sport. in accordance with their research of those sequels, the authors argue that notions of "asceticism" so often linked to Siva, with Yoga, and with Hindu faith are, in reality, international to Hinduism's inherent good judgment as mirrored in Siva's online game of cube. They recommend an alternate examining of this set of practices and ideas, supplying startling new insights into Hindu mythology and the most important poetic texts from the classical Sanskrit culture.