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Ayyappan

Ayyappan (etymologically linked with growth in Sanskrit), is a god who is seen a) as a son of the Earth Mother and associated with the sun or b) as a son of Hari and Hara (an early form of Vishnu and Shiva). Ayyappan is associated with a leopard or a tiger and has a forty one day period beginning in December culminating with 14 January. In some versions he is the son of Shiva and Vishnu as Mohini or Vishnu-Maya. This is very likely the origin of the idea of Pan and the Green Man. Ayyappan is linked with Sabari Hill or Sabaramala in Kerala India Ayyappan Greece Aigipan Flesh - Stump Pasive - Rebellious
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