Hinduism and the Religious Arts

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Apr 1, 2000 - Religion - 256 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction
1
CHAPTER 2 Sacred Imagery
13
CHAPTER 3 Hindu Deities
44
CHAPTER 4 Hindu Sacred Architecture
93
CHAPTER 5 Royal Patronage of the Religious Arts and Its Historical Development and Objectives
135
CHAPTER 6 Village and Tribal Patrons and Their Religious Arts
187
CHAPTER 7 Conclusion
227
Glossary
232
Bibliography
237
Index
241
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Heather Elgood is a lecturer at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and director of the joint SOAS/Christie's Arts of Asia and Africa program.

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