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God of the Week: Purusha

August 9, 2010

08/09/2010: Purusha

As told in the Hindu Vedas, the world is a result of the self sacrifice of the deity, Purusha.
Purusha was dismembered, and his various parts formed the world.

“Another aspect of the Supreme Is presented by the Purusa
Sukta, or “Hymn of Man” (x. 90), which describes the origin
of the universe from the sacrifice of a primeval Purusa, who is
declared distinctly to be the whole universe. By the sacrifice
the sky was fashioned from his head, from his navel the at-
mosphere, and from his feet the earth. The sun sprang from
his eye, the moon from his mind, wind from his breath, Agni
and Soma from his mouth; and the four classes of men were
produced from his head, arms, thighs, and feet respectively.”
-Mythology of All Races, Vol 6
by A. Berriedale Keith
Louis Herbert Gray, Editor