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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2007, 10:14:04 pm »

Various names of the male seed and the female water, respectively:


"Churning the Ocean of Milk for the Elixir of Immortality"

The artists and designers of Angkor loved the story of how the Devas, aided by their perennial rivals the Asuras, achieved immortality by churning the Ocean of Milk so as to dredge up the elixir of immortality called Amrita.  The story is illustrated in grand style in the bas reliefs of Angkor Wat and the so-called "naga bridges" of Angkor Thom and Preah Khan.

According to the version of the story found in the Mahabharata, the Devas (gods) and Asuras (a morally ambiguous divine race sometimes characterized as gods and sometimes as demons, but apparently conflated by Angkorian artists with terrestrial demons or Rakshasas) had learned that amrita lay hidden somewhere at the bottom of the ocean. 

Desirous of immortality, they set up a dredging operation in order to recover the elixir.  They wrapped Vasuki, the king of the serpents, around Mandara, a mountain perched in the middle of the ocean. 

The Asuras grabbed Vasuki by the head while the Devas seized him by the tail.  Using the mountain as a churning staff and the serpent as a cord, they set to churning the ocean.  Their efforts stirred up the ocean depths, killing many marine creatures and releasing any number of wondrous beings.  Finally, amrita itself bubbled to the surface.  Predictably, the tenuous alliance between Devas and Asuras disintegrated at its sight, and they set to fighting greedily for the prize. 

Recurring to both subterfuge and might, the Devas prevailed in the struggle and drank the elixir, while the Asuras found themselves compelled to flee into the bowels of the earth and the depths of the ocean.

Amrita or Amrit 

According to Dharmic religions, the immortal nectar or ambrosia (of which it is a cognate). It is the drink of the gods, which grants them immortality. In Sanskrit the word amrita literally means "without death", and is often referred to in texts as nectar.
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