India: Life, Myth, and Art
  • India: Life, Myth, and Art
  • India: Life, Myth, and Art
  • India: Life, Myth, and Art
  • India: Life, Myth, and Art
  • India: Life, Myth, and Art
<Previous >Next

India: Life, Myth, and Art

by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

India’s cultural legacy is extraordinarily rich and diverse, as well as profoundly influential. This is the cradle of two of the world’s greatest religions (Buddhism and Hinduism) and the holy language of Sanskrit—as well as the home of Sikhism and Jainism. For centuries India’s beliefs and myths have fascinated Westerners, including spiritual…  See more details below

Overview

India’s cultural legacy is extraordinarily rich and diverse, as well as profoundly influential. This is the cradle of two of the world’s greatest religions (Buddhism and Hinduism) and the holy language of Sanskrit—as well as the home of Sikhism and Jainism. For centuries India’s beliefs and myths have fascinated Westerners, including spiritual pilgrims who find themselves drawn to the special atmosphere of its holy places. India is the indispensable illustrated guide to the essential features of this life-enriching heritage of wisdom and beauty. As well as the religions and their sacred texts, ceremonies, art, and architecture, the scope of the book embraces such major themes as the impact of Islam; profound philosophical insights about time and the cosmos; and important innovations in technology, mathematics, astronomy, and medicine.

There are illustrated features on key aspects of Indian belief and practice, such as the linga and the yoni, the lotus, the chakras, and the fearsome goddess Kali. Sacred sites covered include the Mughal mausoleum of the Taj Mahal and the great Buddhist stupa at Sanchi. From the civilizations that grew up along the Indus river more than 4,000 years ago to the dawn of European imperialism, India traces the rise and fall of faiths, empires, and dynasties—giving us a multi-faceted portrait of a country that, because of its far-reaching cultural influence, has rightly been called “the mother of us all.”

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760789513
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
02/11/2007
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
9.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad teaches in the Department of Religious Studies, Lancaster University, UK. A former research fellow at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, he is the author of several books, including Knowledge and Liberation in Classical Indian Thought (2001) and Eastern Philosophy (2005).

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >