9780304707393

Hinduism and the Religious Arts

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  • ISBN13:

    9780304707393

  • ISBN10:

    0304707392

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

The roots between the Hindu religion and the wider culture are deep and uniquely complex. No study of either ancient or contemporary Indian culture can be undertaken without a clear understanding of Hindu visual arts and their sources in religious belief and practice. Defining what is meant by religion - no such term exists in Sanskrit - and what is understood by Hindu ideals of beauty, Heather Elgood provides the best synthesis and critical study of recent scholarship on the topic. In addition, this book offers critical background information for anyone interested in the social and anthropological roots of artistic creativity, as well as the rites, practices and beliefs of the hundreds of millions of Hindus in the world today.

Author Biography

Heather Elgood is a lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is also Director of the SOAS and Christie's Arts of Asia and Africa programme

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
vi
Acknowledgements viii
Introduction
1(12)
Sacred Imagery
13(31)
Hindu Deities
44(49)
Hindu Sacred Architecture
93(42)
Royal Patronage of the Religious Arts and Its Historical Development and Objectives
135(52)
Village and Tribal Patrons and Their Religious Arts
187(40)
Conclusion
227(5)
Glossary 232(5)
Bibliography 237(4)
Index 241

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