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The Origin of the Young God
The Origin of the Young God

The Origin of the Young God

by Hank Heifetz

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Product ID:16925

Language

English

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

8120807545 - Year: 1990 - Pages: 190

Binding

Hardcover

Hank Heifetz

Author: Hank Heifetz
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 1990
Language: English
Pages: 190
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120807545

Description

The Kumarasambhava of Kalidasa, probably composed about A D 100, is the greatest long poem in classical Sanskrit. It is the love story of Siva and Parvati, the God and the Goddess, who are viewed as lovers and as cosmic principles. The poem of their love is a paradigm of the inevitable union between male and female played out on the immense scale of supreme divinity. Beginning with a description of Himalaya (who is both mountain and god) and the birth of his daughter Parvati, the poem proceeds in perfectly pitched.

Sensuous detail through a presentation of the broader setting for the divine relationship (a warrior child is needed to lead the army of the gods), the uneasy course of events between Siva and Parvati, her winning of his love through her mastery of ascetic practice (tapas), the marriage, and finally the lovemaking of the God and the Goddess on the high mountains. In this volume, Hank Heitetz – poet and novelist as well as Sanskrit scholar – has produced a translation that stands as a poem in modern American English while in remains faithful to the original, to its diction, rhythm, and sound as well as to specific poetic effects.

In seeking analogues in English for the formal achievements of the Sanskrit, Heifetz completely avoids the Victorian-tinged idiom that has characterized most scholarly attempts at poetic translationi from Sanskrit to English and has obscured the value of the rich South Asian tradition. The Origin of the Toung God is intended for general readers of poetry as well as for Indianists.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ON THE TRANSLITERATION OF SANSKRIT

INTRODUCTION

ON THE WORD TAPAS

KALIDASA’S KUMARASAMBHAVA

SARGA ONE: The Birth of Uma

SARGA TWO: The Manifestation of Brahma

SARGA THREE: The Burning of the God of Love

SARGA FOUR: Rati’s Lament

SARGA FIVE: Achieving the Fruit of Tapas

SARGA SIX: Uma is Given to Be Married

SARGA SEVEN: The Marriage of Uma

SARGA EIGHT: The Description of Uma’s Pleasure

NOTES TO THE SARGAS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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