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Ardhanārīśvara (Hindu deity)


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    • Ardhanarishvara (Hindu deity)
    • Ardhanaranari (Hindu deity)
    • Ardhanarisha (Hindu deity)
    • Ardhanarinateshvara (Hindu deity)
    • Parangada (Hindu deity)
    • Naranari (Hindu deity)
    • Ammiappan (Hindu deity)
    • Ardhayuvatishvara (Hindu deity)
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        Hindu deity
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        (aat) Hermaphrodites (people)
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    • found: Yadav, Neeta. Ardhanārīśvara in art and literature, 2001.
    • found: Goldberg, Ellen. The Lord who is half woman : Ardhanārīśvara in Indian and feminist perspective, 2002.
    • found: Goldberg, Ellen. Ardhanārīśvara, 2015, via Oxford bibliographies website, June 5, 2019(As the androgynous aspect par excellence of the great pan-Indian god Śiva, Ardhanārīśvara ("the lord who is half woman") belongs to a rich and highly stylized pantheon of Indian sacred art and literature; single most important identifying feature that we see on almost all Ardhanārīśvara images is a vertical axis or line of demarcation that divides the body of the deity into right-side male and left-side female; introductory works including encyclopedic articles and historical surveys treat Ardhanārīśvara as a manifestation of the great Hindu god Śiva) - https://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195399318/obo-9780195399318-0125.xml
    • found: Johnson, W. J. A dictionary of Hinduism, 2009, via Oxford reference online, June 5, 2019(Ardhanārīśvara. A depiction of Śiva and Pārvatī combined as a single figure, the right side male, the left side female, demonstrating the union of Śiva and his śakti)
    • found: Encyclopædia Britannica online, June 5, 2019(Ardhanarishvara, Hindu deity; Ardhanarishvara (Sanskrit: "Lord Who Is Half Woman"), composite male-female figure of the Hindu god Shiva together with his consort Parvati) - https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ardhanarishvara
    • found: Wikipedia, June 5, 2019(Ardhanarishvara; a composite androgynous form of the Hindu deities Shiva and Parvati; Ardhanarishvara is depicted as half-male and half-female, equally split down the middle. The right half is usually the male Shiva, illustrating his traditional attributes; also known by other names like Ardhanaranari, Ardhanarisha, Ardhanarinateshvara, Parangada, Naranari, Ammiappan, and Ardhayuvatishvara)
    • found: Knowles, Jon. How sex got screwed up, 2019, via Google books, viewed June 5, 2019:book one, page 299 (Hindus believed that every woman and man had both female and male elements. Hindu gods could, and did, change gender. Shiva, one of the three major gods, was sometimes the hermaphrodite--Ardhanārīshvara. His wife, Pārvati, gave him his feminine side on the left half of his body. Shiva found this aspect of himself--Ardhanārīshvara--so alluring that he asked Kṛishna to embody her so that they could make love as woman and man. The child born from this union was the hermaphroditic god, Harihara)
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    • 2019-06-05: new
    • 2019-06-07: revised
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