The Book of Hindu Imagery: Gods, Manifestations and Their Meaning
Eva Rudy Jansen
Binkey Kok Publications, 1993 - Religion - 150 pages
Hinduism is more than a religion; it is a way of life. Its rich and multicoloured history has made the structure of its mythical and philosophical principles into a highly differentiated maze, of which total knowledge is a practical impossibility. This volume cannot offer a complete survey of the meaning of Hinduism. It is an extensive compilation of important deities and their divine manifestations, so that modern students can understand the significance of the Hindu pantheon.
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The Images Speak 13 Positions 14 Surrounding
Animal Gods and Divine Animals
The Epic Period
Regrouping and Integration 83 Brahma 87
Ganesha 123 Mahadevi
Holy places 139 Signs of Sects 141 Index
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Agni animals antelope appeared arms aspect attributes battle became become body bowl Brahma carries characteristic cloth club cord created creation creatures crown dancing demons depicted described destruction devotion divine drum Durga ears earth eternal example faces female fertility figure fire five flower followers forces four Ganesha garments gesture goddess gods hair hairstyle hands head Hindu Hinduism holy human identified illustrations images important incarnation India indicates Indra king known Krishna later lingam live lotus male manifestation means mountain natural ocean origin ornaments particular period person play position practice principle protection Puranas Rama religion religious represents rides ritual river role sacrificial seated seen shell Shiva shows side significance Skanda skull snake sometimes sound standing stories strength supported symbol temple tion universe usually Vedas Vedic viewed Vishnu weapon wear wife worshipped