Many Heads, Arms and Eyes: Origin, Meaning and Form of Multiplicity in Indian Art

Many Heads, Arms and Eyes: Origin, Meaning and Form of Multiplicity in Indian Art

by Doris Srinivasan
     
 

ISBN-10: 9004107584

ISBN-13: 9789004107588

Pub. Date: 09/01/1997

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This is a multidisciplinary analysis to determine the meaning of multiple body parts in early Indian art. Investigation of Brahmanical texts and culture establish several meanings and indicate the interplay between religion and art, making possible an interpretation of Hindu icons.  See more details below

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This is a multidisciplinary analysis to determine the meaning of multiple body parts in early Indian art. Investigation of Brahmanical texts and culture establish several meanings and indicate the interplay between religion and art, making possible an interpretation of Hindu icons.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004107588
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Studies in Asian Art and Archaeology Series, #20
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.45(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Sect. AIntroduction
Ch. 1Theory3
Sect. BBasic Definitions in the Samhitas
Ch. 2The Rig Veda Defines the Multiplicity Convention24
Ch. 3The Atharva Veda Sustains and Expands the Definitions33
Ch. 4So Does the Yajur Veda41
Ch. 5Theory Con't: Vedic Rudra-Siva47
Sect. CTransference of the Purusa Ideal into the Brahmanas
Ch. 6From Purusa to Prajapati60
Ch. 7Rudra and Visnu are Linked to Purusa-Prajapati76
Sect. DMultiplicity in the Upanisads
Ch. 8The Fullness of Brahman83
Ch. 9Body of God in the Svetasvatara Upanisad96
Ch. 10Murtis and the Mahanarayana Upanisad112
Sect. EMultiplicity in the Epics and Beyond
Ch. 11The Bridge from Words to Forms: Multiplicity in the Epics and Selected Devotional Texts129
Ch. 12The Language of Numbers162
Sect. FThe Prehistoric Period
Ch. 13Does the Multiplicity Convention Begin in the Indus Civilization?179
Ch. 14Ritual as Icon185
Sect. GThe Pre-Kusana Period
Ch. 15Maha Yaksa: Image of an Apparition197
Ch. 16In Praise of Heroes (Vrsni Viras)211
Ch. 17Religious Networks and Incipient Saiva Forms221
Sect. HThe Kusana Period
Ch. 18Multiplicity and the Merger Towards Vaisnavism240
Ch. 19Saiva Multiplicity: The Germination of God260
Ch. 20The Enigma of the Multi-Armed Warrior Goddess282
Ch. 21Why Mathura?305
Sect. IEpilogue
Ch. 22Exceptions that Prove the Rule, Exceptions that Don't325
Bibliography339
Index351

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