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Title:
Darśan : seeing the divine image in India
Author:
Eck, Diana L.
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Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
115 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780231112659
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India's divine images have been laden with misperceptions. Darsan, a Sanskrit word that means "seeing," is an aid to our vision, a book of ideas to help us read, think, and look at Hindu images with appreciation and imagination.


Author Notes

Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, is the editor of On Common Ground: World Religions in America , a multimedia CD-ROM (Columbia).


Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Seeing theSacred A Darsan B
The Visible India C
Film Images D
The Image of God E
The Polytheistic Imagination The Nature of the Hindu Images A
The Aniconic and the Iconic Images B
The Ritual Uses of the Images C
Creation and Consecration of Images D
Festivals and Images Image, Temple, and Pilgrimage A
The Temple and the Image B
Image and Pilgrimage Afterword: Seeing the Divine Image in America A
America's Murtis and Temples B
Sri Lakshmi Temple: The Process of Divine Embodiment
Notes
Appendix I Bibliography
Appendix II Note on Pronunciation
Appendix III Glossary
Index

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