Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India / Edition 3

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The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India's divine images have been laden with misperceptions. Darsan, a Sanskrit word that means "seeing," is an aid to our vision, a book of ideas to help us read, think, and look at Hindu images with appreciation and imagination.

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Editorial Reviews

Hinduism Today
An explanation of temple worship and the use of Deity images. Darsan will give the Hindu deeper insight into the practices of his own religion, provide explanations for non-Hindu friends, and convey useful konowledge to his children.
Hinduism Today

As fine an explanation of temple worship and use of Deity images as can be found. Darsan will give the Hindu deeper insight into the practices of his own religion, provide explanations for non-Hindu friends, and convey useful konowledge to his children.

Religious Studies Review
Simply one of the best short introductions to Hinduism available. . . . Belongs in every religionist´s and South Asianist´s library. . . . Enthusiastically recommended as required for undergraduate courses on the Hindu tradition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231112659
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 11/10/1998
  • Series: Translations from the Asian Classics Series
  • Edition description: third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 97
  • Sales rank: 226,067
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, is the editor ofOn Common Ground: World Religions in America, a multimedia CD-ROM (Columbia).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionSeeing the SacredA. DarsanB. The Visible IndiaC. Film ImagesD. The Image of GodE. The Polytheistic ImaginationThe Nature of the Hindu ImagesA. The Aniconic and the Iconic ImagesB. The Ritual Uses of the ImagesC. Creation and Consecration of ImagesD. Festivals and ImagesImage, Temple, and PilgrimageA. The Temple and the ImageB. Image and PilgrimageAfterword: Seeing the Divine Image in AmericaA. America's Murtis and TemplesB. Sri Lakshmi Temple: The Process of Divine EmbodimentNotesAppendix I. BibliographyAppendix II. Note on PronunciationAppendix III. GlossaryIndex

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