The Wisdom of Ananda Coomaraswamy: Reflections on Indian Art, Life, and Religion

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2011 - History - 157 pages
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Ananda Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was one of the most famous scholars of Indian art, culture, and religion. He served for many years as the Keeper of Indian and Islamic Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, establishing one of the most impressive collections of oriental artifacts in the world. This anthology contains thematically arranged excerpts from his many writings, letters, and speeches, making it a uniquely accessible collection of his wisdom and insight. It is richly illustrated with over 140 black-and-white historical photographs and paintings.
 

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Contents

India
3
Dravidians Aryans
11
Imperialism Politics
20
Indian Women
27
Marriage
34
Beauty
49
Schools of Styles of Indian Art
56
Borobudur
70
Religion
95
Om
101
Symbolism
109
Worship of Siva
119
Sri Ramakrishna
127
Rabindranath Tagore
133
Autobiographical
139
KEy TO SOuRCES
145

Rajput Painting
76
Folklore
83
Jewelry
90
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
151
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A. K. Coomaraswamy was one of the world's greatest art historians and scholars of traditional iconography and is the author of numerous works, including Christian and Oriental Philosophy of Art and The Door in the Sky.

William Stoddart was born in Carstairs, Scotland in 1925, lived most of his life in London, England, and now lives in Windsor, Ontario. For many years Stoddart was assistant editor of the British journal Studies in Comparative Religion. Stoddart's works include Outline of Hinduism, Outline of Sufism: The Essentials of Islamic Spirituality, and What Does Islam Mean in Today's World? Religion, Politics, Spirituality.

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