Ganesh: Studies of an Asian God
Robert L. Brown
SUNY Press, 1991 - Religion - 358 pages
Essentially a collection of full plot summaries organized under country of origin and preceeded by brief historical introduction. Covers Britain, France, US, Austria-Germany-Hungary, and Spain. Indexed by author/composer/lyricist, and by song title. Includes a discography. Ganesk, the Indian, elephant-headed god worshipped by some Hindus as the principle god, and by many as a subsidiary god, gets a full measure of devotion from western scholars in 11 essays concerned primarily with his origins, rise to divinity, and spreading popularity. The topics include his protohistory, myth, metaphor; his wives; and his place in Sanscrit literature, Jainism, southeast Asia, Tibet, China, and Japan. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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