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Magical Maha Maya: Epic Dimensions in Buddhist Art

Arputharani Sengupta (Author)

The groundbreaking Buddhist art, architecture, and literature parallel to the Hellenistic culture of the Roman world introduced a new evolution in South Asia. Emblematic symbols intersect mythologies and ancient Mysteries; divine humans transfigure through Inventive iconography and secret rituals. The author reveals the protective goddesses, astral motifs, and magic sigils through morphology, etymology, and Comparative religion. Throughout, enigmatic Jataka rebirth stories provoke new transformative Learning.


Maps                                             ix
Preface                                         xi
Introduction                                         xv
Chapter 1 Manimekalai – Dancer with Magic Bowl                              1
Chapter 2 Magical Maha Maya                                                                                  35
Chapter 3 Cue to Hercules and Buddha                                                                     65
Chapter 4 Bipolar Stairway to Sukhavati                                                                 101
Chapter 5 Jatakam of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas                                                    131
Chapter 6 Hariti and the Mistress of Animals                                                          157
Chapter 7 Mythology – The Immortality Key                                                          193
Bibliography                                                                                                             239
Index                                                                                                                         247

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Arputharani Sengupta

Arputharani Sengupta was Professor of Art History (1996-2010) and Department Director at the National Museum Institute (Deemed University), New Delhi. She specialized in the History of Fine Arts at Stella Maris College, University of Madras, and has thirty-five years of experience teaching Ancient World Art. The author of best-selling books on early Buddhist Art and Indo-Greek transcultural exchanges uncovers the secrets of symbols intersecting art and religions through interdisciplinary investigative Research.

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Title Magical Maha Maya: Epic Dimensions in Buddhist Art
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.04.2021
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788195009831
length 272p. Fully Illustrated in Colour; 29cm.