Myths and symbols in Indian art and civilization

by Heinrich Robert Zimmer

Other authorsJoseph Campbell (Editor)
Book, 1946



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[Princeton, N.J.] Princeton University Press [1972, c1946]

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xiii, 248 p.; 22 cm

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A landmark work that demystifies the rich tradition of Indian art, Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization analyzes key motifs found in legend, myth, and folklore taken directly from the Sanskrit. It provides a comprehensive introduction to visual thinking and picture reading in Indian art and thought. Ultimately, the book shows that profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions on the riddles of life and death are universally recognizable.

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LibraryThing member bethlakshmi
Descriptions of the symbols of Indian culture and the myths surrounding them. An interesting approach, though somewhat dry. Has some great pictures, wish they were annotated with dates.
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