February 15, 2014
Possibly inspired by this tale about Parvati:|
"Ganesha was Parvati's son born from her own desire and the perfumed scruff of her body." (pg.365) "Ganesha was born as Parvati's son; Shiva was his father only inasmuch as Parvati's longing for a son had arisen in her as Shiva's wife." (pg. 364), purely "as the result of Parvati's desire." (pg.365)
(The Presence of Siva, by Stella Kramrisch, Princeton University Press, 1981)
Kramrisch is Curator of Indian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Professor of Indian Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.