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4. Growing a Kingdom: The Goddess of Depth in Vizianagaram

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Like the rice field, kingdom and kingship need to be made fertile, watered, transplanted, grown and harvested. The dynamics of cosmic process are interior; it is there, through deep and pervasive flowing, that form is forming, that growing is begun and form begins before it emerges onto the surface. The effect of the transformation is an even closer tie between the goddess and kingship, the tie of sister-goddess and brother-king. The major source of water is the great southwest monsoon that should end the dry season, usually arriving around mid-June. The world of Vizianagaram is an exteriorization from within the cosmos during this period when Paiditalli comes closest to exteriorizing herself in this way. The first parts or qualities of Paiditalli to be swung away are those of Pot/Mud-Paiditalli. Tantric Yogis had a major role in the life of the Vizianagaram court alongside the wrestlers and tiger dancers and poets.

Keywords: goddess of kingship; Paiditalli; rice; Tantric Yogis; Vizianagaram

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