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    • November 1998
    • 9780231112659
  • 97 Pages
  • 30 Illustrations

  • Paperback
  • $24.00
  • / £16.50



Seeing the Divine Image in India

Diana L. Eck

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.

About the Author

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).

An explanation of temple worship and the use of Deity images. Darsan will give the Hindu deeper insight into the practices of his own religion, provide explanations for non-Hindu friends, and convey useful konowledge to his children.

Preface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionSeeing the SacredA. DarsanB. The Visible IndiaC. Film ImagesD. The Image of GodE. The Polytheistic ImaginationThe Nature of the Hindu ImagesA. The Aniconic and the Iconic ImagesB. The Ritual Uses of the ImagesC. Creation and Consecration of ImagesD. Festivals and ImagesImage, Temple, and PilgrimageA. The Temple and the ImageB. Image and PilgrimageAfterword: Seeing the Divine Image in AmericaA. America's Murtis and TemplesB. Sri Lakshmi Temple: The Process of Divine EmbodimentNotesAppendix I. BibliographyAppendix II. Note on PronunciationAppendix III. GlossaryIndex