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Apotheosis of water and its inevitability in Indian culture - Paper presented at the National Seminar on Water and Culture (2007)

This paper highlights the role and value of water in ancient times. The author begins with analysing the discussion on water in the Rig Veda and it's deification. The paper points out to the link between various Hindu gods and water. Social mores in the context of water use is also highlighted, taboos like no nude bathing in rivers and no excretion into such water bodies is pointed out.

Even though the rivers are respected in such a manner, the author points to the dichotomy where rivers are considered to be cursed nymphs.

The 16 slides also include mention of Hindu rituals where water is used and the use of water in other cultures and religions like Islam and Judaism. Mention of festivals that have a link to water is also made in these slides and the cult of various rivers is also pointed out.

This paper was presented at the National Seminar on Water and Culture organised by Kannada University and Sahayoga in 2007.

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Hampi, KA, India
Latitude: 15.333333, Longitude: 76.466667

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