Friday, February 5, 2010


The Hero sacrifices himself, and in that process becomes a guardian spirit of the whole community. The legend of Kanappa, a young tribal hero who offered his own eyes which he needed as a huntsman, by gouging out his eyes with an arrow, while placing his foot on the sacred place where a Lingam had emerged from the ground, shows how the hero figure is related both to hunting, and also taking on the role of being the victim, who is hunted.

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