Author: Karel WernerPublisher: Motilal BanarsidassYear: 1991Language: EnglishPages: 221ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120808339
The contributions included in the present volume, first published in 1990 in the Durham Indological Series, stem from the Symposia on Indian Religions which took place under the convenership of Karel Werner of the School of Oriental Studies, University of Durham, during the years 1975-84. As the Editor rightly confesses, we can hardly claim to have a comprehensive grasp or clear understanding of the processes in human thought, experience and creative effort which lead to the birth of symbols and to their effectiveness. However, the papers comprised here do offer some valid, though partial, insights into these processes; but their nature is elusive and will require ever more attention and fresh attempts to elucidate them, without any guarantee that the problem will eventually be fully understood.Readers, it is hoped, will find that some valuable results have been brought to light through this publication which clearly demonstrates the richness and the fascination of the field of symbolism.
ABBREVIATIONSEDITOR’S PREFACESymbols and Religious LanguageGLYN RICHARDSThe Symbolism of Indian ArtPHILIP S RAWSONSymbolism in the Vedas and its ConceptualizationKAREL WERNEROrigins of Form and Structure in Monumental ArtJOHN C IRWINVenerated Objects and Symbols of Early BuddismPETER HARVEYPredestiny and Evil in Hindu Mythology: an Inquiry into the Symbolism of the Vena-Prthu LegendJEANINE MILLERAspects of the Symbolism of FireDAVID SMITHWeapons as Symbols in Hindu ArtVALERIE J ROEBUCKMeaning and Symbolism in the Work of Ananda CoomaraswamyJONATHAN SUTTONThe Possibility of Symbolism in Indian ReligionsDAVI BASTOWGlossaryContributorsNote on the Papers and Acknowledgements