3 weeks, but we finished it! At least, I finished it. And I hope some of you did. And if you didn’t, that’s okay too, we can just talk about your impressions of the parts you read.
Just to start us off, a couple of specific questions:
Which is the best sex scene, the first one with Sati when Siva doesn’t know what to do? Or the second one, when Siva and Uma don’t make it to the bed and end up on the floor for 4 days? Or the third one, when Siva and Uma turn into their powerful God figures and merge into one male-female being?
Which is the best vengeance scene, Siva after Sati dies, or Parvati after Siva cuts off Ganesha’s head?
Which son did you like better, clever Ganesha or strong Kartikkeyya?
Which semen story is better, Brahma dropping three drops on the earth while acting as priest at Siva and Sati’s wedding, or Siva’s magical burning semen that travels the world?
Which one off story fascinated you the most? Vishnu tricking the Asuras out of immortality by becoming a beautiful woman? The lion that ate itself? For me, it was the two sisters, where jealousy lead one to kill the other’s son.
Now more general philosophy:
How did you respond to the circular time of it all? I wasn’t even sure that was happening until there was a story about how Siva’s throat turned blue which took place after he was married, but then in all the stories of his courtship they mention his blue throat. It all happens at the same time and different times, and again and again and again.
What do you think of making the Gods like men, but more emotional? More inflamed by lust, more angry, and so on? More to your taste than a story which makes Gods less passionate than men, or less to your taste?
What do you think of these two endlessly warring groups? If I am understanding this correctly, there is nothing necessarily innately “worse” about the asuras, it is just that they are the enemies of the devas. Did you get that too?
And the biggest question: Why all the lotus metaphors????
Oh, and the other big question, why were the beautiful woman always super super young, almost pubescent looking, while the men could be covered in ash and old and stuff and still drive women wild?
Final question: after reading all about lingas, can we safely say that the Washington Monument is an enormous linga and, if so, is that why there are so many sex scandals in DC?