Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Mythos ed.
  • 0691017786
  • 9780691017785
  • 272,871

Review quote

"Zimmer moves among [the myths of India] unhurriedly, with a respect that amounts to devotion. Gradually his comments bring to light the universal meanings beneath the archaic exterior."--New York Timesshow more

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"In viewing India's art and civilization, the late Dr. Heinrich Zimmer, a man of penetrating intellect, the keenest esthetic sensibility and a predilection for psychoanalytic methods, found unlimited material for employing all three qualities. . . . The Indian material offered is of the best quality: the language in which it is presented is imaginative, figurative, poetic, vigorous."--W. Norman Brownshow more