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The moon and its personification as a god. The moon is associated with both amṛta and soma (personified as King Soma, the founder of the candravaṃśa or ‘Lunar Dynasty’). According to the Bṛhadāraṇyaka Upaniṣad, it is the receptacle of those who have taken the pitṛyāna, the way of the ancestors, after death. There they will become food that is consumed by the gods, and, entering the natural cycle again, be subject to rebirth.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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