Literacy Assessment & Intervention for Classroom Teachers / Edition 3

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This book interprets for the Western mind the key motifs of India's legends, myth, and folklore, taken from the Sanskrit, and illustrated with seventy plates of Indian Art. It is primarily an introduction to image-thinking and picture-reading in Indian art and thought, and it seeks to make the profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions of the riddles of life and death recognizable not merely as Oriental but as universal elements.

This is an interpretation of Indian culture through mythology and the symbolism in their arts.

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The New York Times

Zimmer moves among [the myths of India] unhurriedly, with a respect that amounts to devotion. Gradually his comments bring to light the universal meanings beneath the archaic exterior.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934432150
  • Publisher: Holcomb Hathaway Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Sales rank: 148,747
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
I Eternity and Time
1 The Parade of Ants 3
2 The Wheel of Rebirth 11
3 The Wisdom of Life 19
II The Mythology of Vishnu
1 Vishnu's Maya 23
2 The Waters of Existence 27
3 The Waters of Non-Existence 35
4 Maya in Indian Art 53
III The Guardians of Life
1 The Serpent, Supporter of Vishnu and the Buddha 59
2 Divinities and their Vehicles 69
3 The Serpent and the Bird 72
4 Vishnu as Conqueror of the Serpent 77
5 The Lotus 90
6 The Elephant 102
7 The Sacred Rivers 109
IV The Cosmic Delight of Shiva
1 The "Fundamental Form" and the "Playful Manifestations" 123
2 The Phenomenon of Expanding Form 130
3 Shiva-Shakti 137
4 The Great Lord 148
5 The Dance of Shiva 151
6 The Face of Glory 175
7 The Destroyer of the Three Towns 185
V The Goddess
1 The Origin of The Goddess 189
2 The Island of Jewels 197
VI Conclusion 217
Index 223
Plates 249
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