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June 4th, 2007


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11:26 am - Amusement in the Brahmanas
From the Rigveda Brahmanas, trans. A.B. Keith:
vi.1. Prajapati, being desirous of propagation, underwent penance; from him when heated were born five, Agni, Vayu, Aditya, Candramas, and Usas as fifth. He said to them, 'Do ye also practise fervour.' They consecrated themselves; then when they had consecrated themsleves and had acquired fervour, Usas, offspring of Prajapati, taking the form of an Apsaras, came out in front of them; to her their minds inclined; they poured out seed; they went to Prajapati, their father, and said, 'We have poured out seed; let it not remain here.' Prajapati made a golden bowl, an arrow breadth in height and similar in breadth; in it he poured the seed; then arose he of a thousand eyes, of a thousand feet, with a thousand fitted (arrows).
Kausitaki Brahmana, Adhyaya VI.1, describing the birth of Rudra

So, basically, Usas is freakin' hot, because either she was so damn beautiful that her brothers either started masturbating, or they just ejaculated on the spot.

I'm inclined to go with the latter. You know, from context. Totally. Yeah, that's it. Context.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
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*grins*

I believe you did, when I brought this book to your birthday last year :)
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From:viedansante
Date:June 4th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I remember that, actually.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
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w00t! A witness!
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From:tanrinia
Date:June 4th, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
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well, i think all that "consecrating" they were doing had something to do with it :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Pardon me, I have to go off and "consecrate" something, myself. . .
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From:fionnabhar
Date:June 4th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Consecrate--fornicate
Masturbate--contemplate

Hey, they rhyme! (Sorry, bardic moment. The things I won't do in the name of piety.)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
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A good rhyme is always appreciated, especially a rhyme of the above nature :)
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From:ariansdreams
Date:June 4th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC)
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You just made my day. Thanks!
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Always my pleasure to help make someone's day with talk of masturbation and ejaculation, I suppose :)
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:June 4th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Wow. That is surprisingly hot. Or maybe I'm just a sick and twisted individual. Probably a little of both.

I don't know that I'd say that Usas is that hot based on that passage. I would say that she knows how to pick her Apsaras form well though.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
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Hey, smart girls are the hottest kind! :)
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:June 4th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
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I'm 10 days, 20 hours, and 30 some minutes away from the MCAT. If what you said is true, I hope to be untouchably hot by then. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
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*takes a moment to visualize road_trip_judi in a short plaid skirt, a pair of glasses, and nibbling on the eraser of a pencil*

Wait, did you say something?

Oh, yeah. Erm, terribly hot then. Yes. Not a dirty thought in my mind now, no!
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Yes, no dirty thoughts yet! Save them for when I'm taking the test, so that the powers that be can be convinced of my hotness and will then see fit to grant me commensurate intelligence that I may do exceptionally well.

And in the meantime, I'll keep studying as a backup plan. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
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If you'd like, I will make sure to think dirty thoughts about you while you're in the test. I mean, hell, no skin off my back, ya know? ;)
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh yes, please do! :) If nothing else, it'll amuse me greatly when I'm otherwise terribly stressed in the middle of the 6 hours of testing.
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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From your above calculations, that's what, Noonish on Thursday next week?

Something can certainly be arranged. Got a location so I can direct said dirty thoughts?
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From:road_trip_judi
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Noon till 6ish, Friday, June 15th. 900 block (990, iirc) North High in Worthington.
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From:romandruid
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Hm... some interesting choices of words in the translation. I wonder why someone "desiring propagation" (i.e., horny) would undergo penance? What is "penance" in the Rig Veda? Atonement? For what? He was feeling guilty or something? Doesn't sound very Vedic. Puzzling.

"From him when heated were born..." and "'Do ye also practise fervour.'" So, um... "heated" = pregnant? And if one acquires fervour by means of consecration, then that must be... sexual intercourse? Er... or is that the ejaculation? Fertility?

An arrow is, what? About 18-24" long? So we have a bowl with a capacity of, say eight gallon capacity, let's say. Conservatively. My, but that's a lot of "seed"!! And the creature born of that "seed" had 1,000 eyes, 1,000 feet and... um, 1,000 "arrows"? Now, what part of the anatomy would an arrow be, d'ya suppose? YIKES!!

Dang, the birds and bees are so much easier to understand!
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From:chronarchy
Date:June 4th, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I was going to comment about the amusing Victorian stylings of the translations (because, well, sex is just funnier when you mix Victorian stylings with Middle English), but it was just too much :)

As for what "penance" is, I'm not entirely sure in this context. I think that the "fervour" might be referring to sacrifice or something (though how Agni gets hotter than he already is. . . Well, that's beyond me).

I dunno. The whole situation is just, well, I think Keith's translation is about as good as it can get :)

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