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Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 11/1/1998
Publisher(s): Ingram Publisher Services, Inc.


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 Biography

Diana L. Eck is professor of religion and Indian studies and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Seeing the
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
Note on Pronunciation
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