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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Kamadeva

Kamadeva is the Hindu deity of human love—similar to Eros and Cupid in the Greek and Roman traditions. Kama is celebrated in the colorful and boisterous spring festival called Holi. In the Vedic age, Kama personified cosmic desire or the creative impulse. He was later depicted as a handsome youth attended by heavenly nymphs, who shot love-producing flower arrows from a sugarcane bow. Despite his harmless appearance, Kama once so enraged Shiva that the great god incinerated him. What had he done? More...
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Posted: Saturday, December 28, 2013 9:40:26 AM

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I have often thought about why gods of love are so often depicted in art forms as deities that inflict 'wounds' into the hearts of humans.

I think it is because the 'wound' awakens the heart to its awareness of its isolation, and thereby its sense of longing to bridge the separation of one's self from its beloved, and thus its pain.

Here in this definition, taken from TFD The name Kama-deva (IAST kāma-deva) can be translated as 'god of love'. Deva means heavenly or divine. Kama (IAST kāma) meaning "desire" or "longing", especially as in sensual or sexual love.
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