The Iconography and Ritual of Siva at Elephanta

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Costonis law, Vanderbilt U. bridges the fields of law and design and probes the task of legal aesthetics--what the law can and cannot do in response to architectural development that radically changes the environment. Collins systematically surveys the pertinent Vedic, Epic, and early Puranic literature as well as the contributions of Kalidasa to reveal sources for and interpretations of the subjects of the relief sculptures. Contains 90 illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887067730
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1988
  • Pages: 331

Table of Contents

List of Figures

I. Historical Background of Elephanta
Before and After the Kalacuris
The Kalacuris

II. Previous Descriptions of Elephanta and Its Sculptures
Early Descriptions to ca. A.D. 1800
Nineteenth-Century Descriptions of Elephanta
Modern Scholarship on Elephanta

III. Mythological Sources for the Elephanta Sculptures
Vedic Antecedents
The Epic Literature
The Puranic Literature
Secular Literature

IV. Iconographical Analysis of the Elephanta Sculptures
Ravana Shaking Mt. Kailasa
Siva as Ascetic: Lakulisa
Siva Dancing
Siva Slaying the Demon Andhaka
Marriage of Siva and Parvati
Siva as Supporter of Ganga (Descent of the Ganges)
Sica as Half-female
Siva and Parvati on Mt. Kailasa
Siva Mahadeva: Mahesamurti

V. Artistic Sources and Parallels of the Elephanta Sculptures
The Narrative Reliefs
Siva as Ascetic: Lakulisa
Siva Mahadeva: Mahesamurti

VI. The Elephanta Sculptures and the Lakulisa-Pasupata Sect
The Pasupata Sutra
The Ganakarika
Elephanta and the Ritual of the Lakulisa-Pasupatas
Other Ritual Aspects at Elephanta
Other Ritual Aspects at Related Monuments

Appendix A: Evidence for a Dedication Panel at Elephanta
Appendix B: The Saiva Aiduka and a Motif at Elephanta

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