The Art of Loving Krishna: Ornamentation and Devotion (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Jul 7, 2010 - Art - 256 pages
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Since ancient times, Hindus have expressed their love and devotion to their deities through beautiful ornamentation -- dressing and decorating the deities with elaborate clothing, jewelry, and flowers. In this pioneering study of temples in Vrindaban and Jaipur, India, Cynthia Packert takes readers across temple thresholds and into the god Krishna's sacred domain. She describes what devotees see when they behold gorgeously attired representations of the god and why these images look the way they do. She discusses new media as well as global forms of devotion popular in India and abroad. The Art of Loving Krishna opens a universe of meaning in which art, religious action, and devotion are dynamically intertwined.

  

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Contents

Disorientations
3
1 Places and History in and about Quirpini
33
Part 2 Facets of a Place
61
2 Bicycles and Houses
63
3 The Geography of Planting Corn
97
4 Carnival and the Spatial Practice of Community
131
Part 3 From Quirpini
165
5 Ethnic Politics and the Control of Movement
167
Civic Ritual and the Power of Context
201
7 Where Do You Go When You Go to Buenos Aires?
221
Coming Back to Quirpini
251
Glossary
271
Notes
277
Bibliography
289
Index
299
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About the author (2010)

Cynthia Packert is Professor of the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Middlebury College. She is author of The Sculpture of Early Medieval Rajasthan.

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