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Hinduism - Who Is Mohini In The Hindu Pantheon And Hindu Mythology?


 ("bewitching") A rapturously beautiful celestial enchantress in Hindu mythology, viewed as a manifestation of the deity Vishnu.

Vishnu assumes this shape in order to deceive the demons into giving her a part of the amrta, the nectar of immortality, churned from the Ocean of Milk.

Mohini uses her charms to get the amrta from the demons, which she then offers to the gods, robbing the demons of their opportunity for immortality.

The narrative stops here in most accounts, but the charter myth for the southern Indian deity Aiyappa adds a fascinating twist.

According to legend, when Shiva sees Mohini's enticing body, he can't help but fall in love with her.

Aiyappa, considered the son of Shiva and Vishnu, is the result of this marriage.

However, as with most similar legends in Hindu mythology, Aiyappa's strange paternity has a good cause.

Aiyappa is created to slay Mahishi, a demon who has been cursed with the ability to only be slain by someone who was not born from the union of male and female.

This prerequisite is satisfied by Mohini's "real" identity (Vishnu), and when Aiyappa reaches adulthood, he kills the demon.



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Hinduism - What Is The Mohini Attam?

 


Mohini Attam is a relatively newer type of traditional Indian dance found mostly in Kerala, India's modern state.

Mohini Attam was created at the royal court in Travancore, Kerala, in the early eighteenth century.

Bharatanatyam and Kathakali, a Keralan dance genre, are both represented in this type of dance.

The dance is named after the mythological enchantress Mohini and exudes a sensuality that is coquettish.

Some of the muscular stances in the dance are inspired by Bharatanatyam, while the stylized hand motions (mudras) are predominantly inspired by Kathakali.

Mohan Khokar's Traditions of Indian Classical Dance, published in 1984, has further information.


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