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Ritual Art of India

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• A stunning guide to the spiritual power of Indian art with over 100 color photographs

• Shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in India

• Reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual art

The splendor and diversity of India's ritual arts are beyond compare. From the celebration of the household fires to the marriage ceremony and the rites of the cremation ground, every stage of human life in India is marked ...

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Overview

• A stunning guide to the spiritual power of Indian art with over 100 color photographs

• Shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in India

• Reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual art

The splendor and diversity of India's ritual arts are beyond compare. From the celebration of the household fires to the marriage ceremony and the rites of the cremation ground, every stage of human life in India is marked by rituals accompanied by an astounding array of icons and symbols. In the Indian countryside, ritual is still vigorous and prolific, and visual symbols are simple, vital, and immediate. Everywhere the splash of scarlet sindura on a wayside stone or shrine signals the approach to sacred space.

Unlike Western religious art, which too often presents institutionally established stock images, Indian ritual art draws us into a relationship, a state in which we can realize our oneness with the universe by collaborating with the creative rhythms of the world. It helps us to reach the center at which all experience, all being, is compacted into its utmost concentration—the point (bindu), the ultimate goal of all spiritual disciplines. It is precisely this inward-seeking quality that the Ritual Art of India reveals so brilliantly.

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Mookerjee weaves ancient art, symbols, artifacts and modern photography into a triumphant chorus of color and design.
—July/August 1999
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817214
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ajit Mookerjee is the distinguished author of numerous books on Indian art and religion, including Kali: The Feminine Force and Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energy.

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Table of Contents

Ritual Art of India
Preface
Introduction
1 Primal Form
2 Nature Worship
3 Fertility Rites
4 Popular Cults
5 Sivaism
6 Vishnuism
8 Syncretism
9 Death and Rebirth
10 Bliss-consciousness
Bibliography
Glossary
Index

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