the WORSHIP of SIVA in HINDUISM. The CULT of SIVA appears to have roots in the INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION before the ARYAN invasions. In classical HINDUISM two very different FORMS of aivism emerged. The first gave it ideological sophistication through the NON-DUALISM of SANKARA and VEDNTA out of which a TANTRIC TRADITION also developed. The second major tradition of aivism was a TAMIL version which emphasized BHAKTI and a dualistic type of MONOTHEISM.

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