Hinduism and the Religious Arts

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Cassell, 1999 - Art - 246 pages
The cultural manifestation of Hinduism is uniquely complex. In particular, the visual arts associated with the Hindu religion are recognized as being the most complex and rich of any living religion. No serious effort to understand ancient or contemporary Indian culture can be made without a clear understanding of the visual arts and their sources in religious belief and practice. In this book, Heather Elgood provides the best synthesis and critical study of recent scholarship on the topic. She emphasizes the ritual aspect of religious art - with reference to monumental architecture, sculpture and rural arts. Throughout, strong connections are made and explained between the bewildering variety of religious belief and practice in India and the power and richness of ancient and contemporary rural Indian art.

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Elgood teaches at the School of Oriental and African Studies

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