DIVINE ROMANCE: Love, Sex, and Religion in Indian Ballads

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
UA Poetry Center, Rubel Room 1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721

Presented by: Caleb Simmons, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies

Human relationships are at the center of every culture. How does the divine intertwine with romantic notions? Get acquainted with the myths of the goddess Cāmuṇḍēṡvari and the god Nañjuṇḍēṡvara that are contained in folk ballads in the South Indian language of Kannada. Learn how the details of these songs reflect human desire and the complicated nature of human relationships. Then discover the implications of these tales on concepts of the divine and divine love.