Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

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Princeton University Press, Feb 17, 2015 - Religion - 264 pages
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A landmark work that demystifies the rich tradition of Indian art, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization analyzes key motifs found in legend, myth, and folklore taken directly from the Sanskrit. It provides a comprehensive introduction to visual thinking and picture reading in Indian art and thought. Ultimately, the book shows that profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions on the riddles of life and death are universally recognizable.


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User Review  - bethlakshmi - LibraryThing

Descriptions of the symbols of Indian culture and the myths surrounding them. An interesting approach, though somewhat dry. Has some great pictures, wish they were annotated with dates. Read full review


I Eternity and Time
II The Mythology of Vishnu
III The Guardians of Life
IV The Cosmic Delight of Shiva
V The Goddess

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Heinrich Zimmer (1890–1943) was a historian of South Asian art. He was the author of Philosophies of India. Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) was the author of many books on comparative mythology, including The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Masks of God.

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