Hinduism And The Religious Arts

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Overview

The roots between the Hindu religion and the wider culture are deep and uniquely complex. No study of either ancient or contemporary Indian culture can be undertaken without a clear understanding of Hindu visual arts and their sources in religious belief and practice. Defining what is meant by religion - no such term exists in Sanskrit - and what is understood by Hindu ideals of beauty, Heather Elgood provides the best synthesis and critical study of recent scholarship on the topic. In addition, this book offers critical background information for anyone interested in the social and anthropological roots of artistic creativity, as well as the rites, practices and beliefs of the hundreds of millions of Hindus in the world today.

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Elgood (Oriental and African studies, U. of London) synthesizes and critiques recent scholarship on the complex and rich visual tradition of India from ancient times to the present. She emphasizes the ritual aspects of religious art, citing examples of monumental architecture, sculpture, and rural arts. Distributed in the US by Continuum. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780304707393
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/30/2000
  • Series: Religion and the Arts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


Heather Elgood is a lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and director of the joint SOAS/Christie's Arts of Asia and Africa program.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Sacred Imagery 13
Ch. 3 Hindu Deities 44
Ch. 4 Hindu Sacred Architecture 93
Ch. 5 Royal Patronage of the Religious Arts and Its Historical Development and Objectives 135
Ch. 6 Village and Tribal Patrons and Their Religious Arts 187
Ch. 7 Conclusion 227
Glossary 232
Bibliography 237
Index 241
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