Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization / Edition 1

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization / Edition 1

by Heinrich Robert Zimmer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691017786

ISBN-13: 9780691017785

Pub. Date: 05/01/1972

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book interprets for the Western mind the key motifs of India's legend, myth, and folklore, taken directly 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

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This book interprets for the Western mind the key motifs of India's legend, myth, and folklore, taken directly 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691017785
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1972
Series:
Works by Heinrich Zimmer Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Sales rank:
787,499
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Plates, ix,
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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