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and#8226; A stunning guide to the spiritual power of Indian art with over 100 color photographsandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in Indiaandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;and#8226; Reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual artandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The splendor and diversity of India's ritual arts are beyond compare. From the celebration of the household fires to the marriage ceremony and the rites of the cremation ground, every stage of human life in India is marked by rituals accompanied by an astounding array of icons and symbols. In the Indian countryside, ritual is still vigorous and prolific, and visual symbols are simple, vital, and immediate. Everywhere the splash of scarlet sindura on a wayside stone or shrine signals the approach to sacred space.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Unlike Western religious art, which too often presents institutionally established stock images, Indian ritual art draws us into a relationship, a state in which we can realize our oneness with the universe by collaborating with the creative rhythms of the world. It helps us to reach the center at which all experience, all being, is compacted into its utmost concentration--the point (bindu), the ultimate goal of all spiritual disciplines. It is precisely this inward-seeking quality that the andlt;iandgt;Ritual Art of Indiaandlt;/iandgt; reveals so brilliantly.

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• A stunning guide to the spiritual power of Indian art with over 100 color photographs

• Shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in India

• Reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual art

The splendor and diversity of India's ritual arts are beyond compare. From the celebration of the household fires to the marriage ceremony and the rites of the cremation ground, every stage of human life in India is marked by rituals accompanied by an astounding array of icons and symbols. In the Indian countryside, ritual is still vigorous and prolific, and visual symbols are simple, vital, and immediate. Everywhere the splash of scarlet sindura on a wayside stone or shrine signals the approach to sacred space.

Unlike Western religious art, which too often presents institutionally established stock images, Indian ritual art draws us into a relationship, a state in which we can realize our oneness with the universe by collaborating with the creative rhythms of the world. It helps us to reach the center at which all experience, all being, is compacted into its utmost concentration--the point (bindu), the ultimate goal of all spiritual disciplines. It is precisely this inward-seeking quality that the Ritual Art of India reveals so brilliantly.

Synopsis:

RITUAL ART OF INDIA shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in India--and reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual art. A stunning guide with over 100 color photos and 34 b&w photos.

About the Author

Ajit Mookerjee is the distinguished author of numerous books on Indian art and religion, including andlt;Iandgt;Kali: The Feminine Forceandlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Kundalini: The Arousal of the Inner Energyandlt;/Iandgt;.

Table of Contents

 

Ritual Art of India

Preface

Introduction

1   Primal Form

2   Nature Worship

3   Fertility Rites

4   Popular Cults

5   Sivaism

6   Vishnuism

8   Syncretism

9   Death and Rebirth

10  Bliss-consciousness

Bibliography

Glossary

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892817214
Author:
Mookerjee, Ajit
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Symbolism in art
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Criticism - Other specific cultures
Subject:
Art, indic
Subject:
Hindu symbolism.
Subject:
Symbolism in art -- India.
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Art, hindu
Subject:
Art-History and Criticism
Subject:
INNER TRADITIONS OF THE EAST
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
101 color and 34 bandamp;w photographs
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
10.46x9.52x.62 in. 1.68 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , • A stunning guide to the spiritual power of Indian art with over 100 color photographs

• Shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in India

• Reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual art

The splendor and diversity of India's ritual arts are beyond compare. From the celebration of the household fires to the marriage ceremony and the rites of the cremation ground, every stage of human life in India is marked by rituals accompanied by an astounding array of icons and symbols. In the Indian countryside, ritual is still vigorous and prolific, and visual symbols are simple, vital, and immediate. Everywhere the splash of scarlet sindura on a wayside stone or shrine signals the approach to sacred space.

Unlike Western religious art, which too often presents institutionally established stock images, Indian ritual art draws us into a relationship, a state in which we can realize our oneness with the universe by collaborating with the creative rhythms of the world. It helps us to reach the center at which all experience, all being, is compacted into its utmost concentration--the point (bindu), the ultimate goal of all spiritual disciplines. It is precisely this inward-seeking quality that the Ritual Art of India reveals so brilliantly.

"Synopsis" by , RITUAL ART OF INDIA shows the splendor and diversity of an art form that has enriched every stage of human life in India--and reveals the inward-seeking quality of relationship with the divine that exemplifies Indian ritual art. A stunning guide with over 100 color photos and 34 b&w photos.
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