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THE UNITY OF THE VEDIC AND
of religions to ethnic cults is highly questionable in itself and appears more as a
political manipulation than any spiritual inquiry. Such scholars, moreover, have failed to
really examine the Vedic and Shaivite teachings. What they propose as major differences
between the two are only variations of name and form.
Dravidian Shaivism has been called the religion of South India as opposed to the Vedic
Aryan religion of North India. While there are cultural variations between North and South
India, this division is simplistic and misleading.
The idea of "Dravidian Shaivism" implies two points; first that
Dravidians are primarily Shaivites, and second that Shaivites are primarily Dravidians.
The truth is that neither position is valid. Shaivism is an important tradition in South
India, but to oppose it to other traditions in India is totally unnecessary and very