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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Chapter 71, Anasuya Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 71, Anasuya Summary and Analysis

Anasuya is a mortal woman who sits upon the banks of the Ganges meditating. Three Gods appear before her. Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma all desire the mortal woman. Anasuya sits quietly for she has always been taught to respect these Gods. The three Gods violently fall upon Anasuya despite that fact that her husband, Atri, is sitting by her side. Anasuya is shocked by the attack and despite her reverence for them she rages and hurls insults at them. She calls them "The Phallus," "The Head," and "The Two Feet." She warns them that all worshippers will laugh at them for they are sons to all mortal women. Anasuya explains that if they are to be revered as holy beings, they must first learn to know her as their mother.

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