The Hindu Temple: Deification of Eroticism

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Danielou's masterpiece on the erotic nature of the sacred symbolism of the Hindu temple.

• Includes stunning photographs from the major temple complexes of India. 

• By Alain Danielou, one of the greatest authorities on Hinduism.

Ancient Indian architectural treatises state that a temple lacking erotic imagery would be ineffective and maleficent. The erotic statues and representations that cover the outer and inner walls of the Hindu temple serve both a magical and an ...

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Overview

Danielou's masterpiece on the erotic nature of the sacred symbolism of the Hindu temple.

• Includes stunning photographs from the major temple complexes of India. 

• By Alain Danielou, one of the greatest authorities on Hinduism.

Ancient Indian architectural treatises state that a temple lacking erotic imagery would be ineffective and maleficent. The erotic statues and representations that cover the outer and inner walls of the Hindu temple serve both a magical and an instructional purpose. Through the power of the yantras—the magical diagrams created by the placement of the erotic imagery—the architect made the temple a faithful reflection of the divine. At the same time this imagery educated the faithful about the fundamental aspects of the Hindu religion, wherein the union of opposites in the sexual act is the perfect image of the creative principle, and erotic enjoyment is a reflection of divine bliss.

Alain Danielou's masterpiece on the Hindu temple, now translated for the first time into English, provides a stunningly illustrated tour of the major temple complexes of India. The erotic sculptures that cover the walls of these temples are not merely symbolic portrayals of voluptuous acts but serve as profound reminders that man is closest to the divine during the instant of sexual transcendence.

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Editorial Reviews

Interview Magazine
"Alain Danielou's books are remarkable for their clarity and scholarship. An uninhibited celebration of erotic and mystical ecstasy."
Mohini Kent
"Danielou is one of the greatest Western authorities on Hinduism. . . His talents seem unending."
Today's Books
"Must read."
Michael Peter Langevin
"This book . . . is a tremendous way to break out of the spell of Western society."
The Midwest Book Review
"The focus on their erotic sculptures and Hindu faith makes for an excellent set of insights."
Times of India Mohini Kent
"Danielou is one of the greatest Western authorities on Hinduism. . . His talents seem unending."
December 2001 The Midwest Book Review
"The focus on their erotic sculptures and Hindu faith makes for an excellent set of insights."
From the Publisher
"Alain Danielou's books are remarkable for their clarity and scholarship. An uninhibited celebration of erotic and mystical ecstasy."

"Danielou is one of the greatest Western authorities on Hinduism. . . His talents seem unending."

"Danielou writes with great clarity and authority, and his understanding of the ancient Hindu religious aesthetic is nothing short of breathtaking. Highly recommended."

"The focus on their erotic sculptures and Hindu faith makes for an excellent set of insights."

"This book . . . is a tremendous way to break out of the spell of Western society."

"Must read."

Library Journal
The late Danielou was one of the greatest Western writers on Hinduism, and this text translates and amalgamates two of his texts: L'erotisme divinise and Le temple hindou. Danielou writes with great clarity and authority, and his understanding of the ancient Hindu religious aesthetic is nothing short of breathtaking. Despite the book's subtitle, Danielou's work provides less of the thrill of voyeurism than the excitement of learning and illumination. In addition, the illustration of his words by the splendid photographs of Raymond Burnier delivers the meaning of the text with added force. Highly recommended. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892818549
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST U.S
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alain Danielou spent twenty years in India studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars of the Hindu tradition. He is the author of more than thirty books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean, including While the Gods Play, The Myths and Gods of India, Yoga: Mastering the Secrets of Matter and the Universe, and The Complete Kama Sutra.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part One - Divine Eroticism
The Nature of the World
The Cults of the Phallus and of the Mother
The Divine Image
Part Two - Temples: Dwellings of the Gods
Sacred Places
Temple Position and Orientation in the City
The Temple Ground and Preliminary Rites
The Architect
The Germ of the Temple
The Plan of the Temple
Yantras
The Plan-Person (Vastu-Purusha)
Erotic Representations
The Building of the Temple
The Sanctuary (Garbha Griha)
The Mountain and the Cavern (Shikhara and Garbha Griha)
The Fruit or Celestial Crown (Amalaka)
The Door of the Sanctuary
The Vestibule (Mandapa)
The Face of the Renowned, Kirtimukha
The Incarnate Word, Virala
The Sacred Swan or Goose, Hamsa
A World Apart
The Origin of Temple Forms
Architectural Treatises
Part Three - Revealing the Divine Mind
The Images of the Gods
Iconographic Canons
Clothing
The Ritual of Caressing (Nyasa)
The Three Gods
Coupling (Mithuna)
Representations of Shiva
The Linga, Shiva's Phallic Emblem
The Power of Nature, Shardula
Apsaras and Gandharvas
The Four Meanings of Life
Ethics and Sexuality
The Ties of Nature and Liberation
Sexual and Erotic Education
Note on the Text and Illustrations
Bibliography
Biographical Notes
Index

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