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by Anna L. Dallapiccola


210 pages or so. This was the first thing that alerted me that this book was much less than comprehensive

Nearly all of the Hindu gods, demi-gods, lesser divinities and demons are described. We find very satisfying descriptions of all major gods such as Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Nataraja, Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Parvati, Sarasvati and Ambika. 210 pages or so. This was the first thing that alerted me that this book was much less than comprehensive. My impression from my limited reading and understanding is that you could fill 210 pages with a discussion of Brahma, let alone the whole of "Hindu Lore and Legend.

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Wide-ranging topics include Hindu myths and legends, temple architecture, festivals, astrology, Ayurvedic medicine and contemporary Hinduism. Maps provide easy reference to major cities, regions, rivers, mountains and pilgrimage sites. List of principal dynasties and empires gives cultural, religious and historical background. Chronology places the main historical events and literary works.

This volume takes the main religion of India and provides an insight into all aspects of Hindu life, both past and present. Some thousand entries act as a key to topics including the history of Hinduism, its mythology, art, architecture, religion, laws and folklore. Books related to Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend. Maps provide easy reference to major cities, regions, rivers, mountains and pilgrimage sites, cultural, religious and historical background.

Wide-ranging topics include Hindu myths and legends, temple architecture, festivals, astrology, Ayurvedic medicine .

Wide-ranging topics include Hindu myths and legends, temple architecture, festivals, astrology, Ayurvedic medicine and contemporary Hinduism, Maps provide easy reference to major cities, regions, rivers, mountains and pilgrimage sites, . She is Fellow both of the Royal Asiatic Society, London, and of the American Oriental Society in New Haven, Connecticut.

Publisher : Thames & Hudson. Category : Jung and Analytical Psychology. Catalogue No : 20967. ISBN 13 : 9780500284025. ISBN 10 : 0500284024. Usually despatched within 4-5 working days Free delivery worldwide.

224 pages : 25 cm. "The Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend takes the main religion of India and provides an insight into all aspects of Hindu life, both past and present. Some thousand illustrated entries act as a key to topics including the history of Hinduism, its mythology, art, architecture, religion, laws and folklore.

India is so vast that each of its regions is a land in its own right, with diverse languages, customs, and cultural traditions. Yet shared social systems, firmly grounded in religious beliefs, provide the cohesive force that unites over a billion people of different backgrounds. Hinduism is the main religion of India, and this new dictionary provides an unrivaled insight to all aspects of Hindu life, past and present. Some thousand illustrated entries elucidate the history of Hinduism, its mythology, art, architecture, religion, laws, and folklore. The development of Hinduism is presented from its ancient manifestations in local cults and epic poems to modern-day festivals and customs worldwide. The complex relationship between the multitude of gods, goddesses, and semi-divine beings is brought to light in the articles on religion and mythology, while its rich imagery is revealed in the entries on architecture, sculpture, painting, dance, and theater, including works of art illustrated here for the first time. Food and etiquette, the caste system, Ayurvedic medicine, love and marriage, and contemporary practices are just a few of the topics explored. Maps and entries on the major cities and places of pilgrimage in India, as well as a concise chronology and a list of principal dynasties, provide a clear overview of the geography, history, languages, and vibrant religious and cultural traditions of Hinduism. This volume will serve as a lively and indispensable guide for those preparing a visit to India, for Indians living in the West, for students, or for anyone interested in the subcontinent. 275 b/w illustrations.
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Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (Paperback)
by Anna L. Dallapiccola.

Mine was the last available copy at a well-known major Midwestern art institute. I am so glad that I purchased it. I have read, in random order mostly, about 85% of this 224 page beauty. I grew up till my 20th year in a very orthodox and liberal Hindu family. Most of what I heard was "dos" and "don'ts." Adsorption, rather than critical learning, was expected and encouraged. Gods, pantheons and festivals were staples of my family life in the late 1940s and 1950s. Schools emphasized Western civilization with a strong British bias. Economic necessities of the elders left little spare time for explication of the names, origins and representations prevalent in Hindu mythology. Now, after more than a 40 year hiatus I am lucky to have the luxury of relearning the religions of the world including Hinduism. This reparative volume has informed me afresh and has taught me what I ought to have known.

Professor Anna Dallapiccola has produced an excellent and comprehensive dictionary of Hindu legend and mythology. Nearly all of the Hindu gods, demi-gods, lesser divinities and demons are described. We find very satisfying descriptions of all major gods such as Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Nataraja, Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Parvati, Sarasvati and Ambika. Often we learn about alternate spellings and variant appellations, such as Gajanana, Pillayar, Vinayaka for Ganesha or Murugan and Kartikeya for Subrahmanya. Gandharvas (semi-divine beings), navagrahas (planets), rakshasas (demons), Alwars, Nayanmars (poets, scholars) are all included either as generic headings or individual entries, or both.

Dallapiccola does not stop with descriptions of legendary divinities only. She covers related topics such as festivals, holy rivers and temples of India. Exquisite black and white illustrations are aplenty; they accompany major topics. Temples, their towers (gopuras), gods, divine figurines and their accoutrements and equipage are abundantly illustrated. Those wishing to gain basic familiarity with popularized Hindu concepts as karma, dharma, om (aum) or tilaka will find their answers.

Not all entries are alphabetized Sanskrit words. Universal interest concepts such as diet, calendar, cow, marriage, festivals, funeral rites and sculpture are all described. Later religions (Buddhism, Jainism, Sikkism) find due coverage. The introduction mentions very briefly all other religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) extant in India. Quite rightly there is no discussion of socially charged topics as casteism, Indian Socialism and the new liberalization, although these are inseparable integrals of Hindu and Indian culture. For the serious reader there is a weighty bibliography at the end of this book. The size is tidy, the paper quality superior and the graphics sharp. The price is, ...oh sooo... reasonable!!

The author readily acknowledges the difficulties of transcribing Indian languages into Roman script. Thus, you have to look under Shiva for Siva and Arati for Arti. I did not find Arthi, as it is sometimes spelled. Santoshi Mata, "a recent Indian goddess" has merited an entry but Krishna Consciousness or Swaminarayan are not readily detectable. I am wondering if I did not do a thorough search.

This Dictionary is "aimed at all those who are interested in Things Indian and curious to explore another facet of human civilization." Dallapiccola succeeds admirably in her grand aim. This work is suitable not only for the curious but also for those with practical, but not bookish, familiarity with Hinduism. This volume is a good "chikitsa" (remedy) for lapsed reentrants like me. It is an enjoyable revisit to those quarters that I used to revere and fear, love and shun.
Jaberini
210 pages or so. This was the first thing that alerted me that this book was much less than comprehensive. My impression from my limited reading and understanding is that you could fill 210 pages with a discussion of Brahma, let alone the whole of "Hindu Lore and Legend."

My biggest quibble with the book is that it espouses the now questionable theory of an Aryan invasion from the west, which supposedly brought sophistication of thought to the various peoples of India. The publication date is 2002, and from many of the things I read, that euro-centric idea has been widely discredited.

As a disclaimer, I should note that I am a believer in the extreme antiquity of the peoples of India. By this I mean 12,000 or 14,000 years ago for the Vedas...not 3,000 years ago, and certainly not from supposedly more enlightened invaders from the west. I don't deny that there were invasions from the west into India, but I no longer believe that it was Europeans that brought deep and sophisticated religious thinking and composition to India.

There IS some good information in this book, but I am going to continue looking in other places for my education about these very ancient and mysterious people. I hold them in great esteem.
Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend ebook
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Anna L. Dallapiccola
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