Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization / Edition 1

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization / Edition 1

by Heinrich Robert Zimmer
     
 

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:
773,265
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
IEternity and Time
1The Parade of Ants3
2The Wheel of Rebirth11
3The Wisdom of Life19
IIThe Mythology of Vishnu
1Vishnu's Maya23
2The Waters of Existence27
3The Waters of Non-Existence35
4Maya in Indian Art53
IIIThe Guardians of Life
1The Serpent, Supporter of Vishnu and the Buddha59
2Divinities and their Vehicles69
3The Serpent and the Bird72
4Vishnu as Conqueror of the Serpent77
5The Lotus90
6The Elephant102
7The Sacred Rivers109
IVThe Cosmic Delight of Shiva
1The "Fundamental Form" and the "Playful Manifestations"123
2The Phenomenon of Expanding Form130
3Shiva-Shakti137
4The Great Lord148
5The Dance of Shiva151
6The Face of Glory175
7The Destroyer of the Three Towns185
VThe Goddess
1The Origin of The Goddess189
2The Island of Jewels197
VIConclusion217
Index223
Plates249

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