Hinduism And The Religious Arts

Hinduism And The Religious Arts

by Heather Elgood
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780304707393
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/30/2000
Series:
Religion and the Arts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
962,495
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1Introduction1
Ch. 2Sacred Imagery13
Ch. 3Hindu Deities44
Ch. 4Hindu Sacred Architecture93
Ch. 5Royal Patronage of the Religious Arts and Its Historical Development and Objectives135
Ch. 6Village and Tribal Patrons and Their Religious Arts187
Ch. 7Conclusion227
Glossary232
Bibliography237
Index241

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