Gods of Love and Ecstasy

The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus
By (author) Alain Daniélou

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Gods of Love and Ecstasy
The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus
By (author) Alain Daniélou

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Edition : New Edition of Shiva and Dionysus

Pages : 264

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892813742

Imprint : Inner Traditions

On Sale Date : May 01, 1992

Format : Paperback Book

Daniélou examines the earliest traditions of the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence.
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About Gods of Love and Ecstasy

Shiva and Dionysus are the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, intoxication, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence who initiate us into communion with the creative forces of life. Revealing the earliest sources of the traditions of Shiva and Dionysus, Alain Danielou reconstructs the fabric of our ancient relationship with creation, vividly relating practices that were observed from the Indus Valley to the coasts of Portugal at least six thousand years ago. 
Table of Contents

Table of content

Gods of Love and Ecstasy
The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus

Foreword 
Introduction 
1.   Origins 
2.   Aspects and Legends of the Gods 
3.   The Goddess 
4.   Sons of the Goddess and the God 
5.   The Companions of the God 
7.   Sacred Places 
8.   Man in the World 
9.   Rites and Practices 
10.  God of the Dance and the Theater 
11.  Life and Society 
12.  the Modern Age 
Chronological Table 
Bibliography

Author Bio
One of the most distinguished living Orientalists, Alain Danielou was an intimate of Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, and Nabokov, and spent more than 20 years in India     studying music and philosophy with eminent pandits of the Hindu tradition. Danielou is the author of Myths and Gods of India; While the Gods Play; Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe; Virtue, Success, Pleasure, and Liberation; The Phallus; The Complete Kama Sutra and Music and the Power of Sound. He is the founder and former director of the International Institute for Comparative Musicology in Berlin, is a Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, and Officier du Merite National. 
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Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"Danielou's books are remarkable for their clarity, scholarship, and uninhibited celebration of erotic and mystical ecstasy."

Interview Magazine



"Gods of Love and Ecstasy makes compelling reading with so much information on the role played by gods and goddesses, revealing the theological complexity of this ancient cult. This book also includes many references and sources along with a fascinating chronological chart dating back to 15,000 BC. Highly recommended!"

Jane Lee, New Dawn, May-June 2002



"While written nearly thirty years ago, the message of Gods of Love and Ecstasy is more critical today than ever, as it points the way towards reestablishing our links to the energies these archetypes represent, and their power in the material world."
The Institute of Hermetic Studies, Dec 2007
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RELIGION / PHILOSOPHY

SHIVA and DIONYSUS are the Hindu and Greek gods of magical power, intoxication, ecstatic sexuality, and transcendence. For centuries their initiatic rites have led men and women into communion with the creative forces of life. Estranged from the natural environment and our role in the universal plan, we in the contemporary world find ourselves alienated from one another and from our fellow creatures. By reestablishing our links with the archetypal energies of Shiva and Dionysus, we realize that there is no creature, no object, nothing that has been created to which we are not intimately connected. When we enter the states of ecstasy and love--our most primordial response to the world around us--we experience the paradox of self-abandonment that unites us with all things.

Revealing the earliest sources of the Shaivite and Dionysian traditions, Alain Daniélou reconstructs the fabric of our ancient relationship with creation, vividly relating practices that were observed from the Indus Valley to the coasts of Portugal more than six thousand years ago. He shows us signs that Shiva and Dionysus are returning today, breaking down the barriers between people, pushing aside the conventions of society, and asking us to participate in the joy of creation.

One of the world’s most distinguished Orientalists, ALAIN DANIÉLOU spent more than twenty years in India studying music and philosophy. He is the author of numerous books, including The Myths and Gods of India, While the Gods Play, and Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of the Universe.

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