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. Best books like Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India: #1 An Introduction to Hinduism #2 Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu. The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, It is called Darsan, Seeing the divine image, and it is the single most.

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Common terms and phrases abode ancient aniconic aniconic image Arnheim artist ascetic auspicious avatara Banaras Banerjea Bhagavad bhakti Brahman called century Charlotte Vaudeville cosmos cult culture daitas darsan deities Delhi Devi devotion Diana L divine image Durga E. Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism.

Image Temple and Pilgrimage. Eck Motilal Banarsidass Publishe- pages 0 Reviews https: Want to Read saving…. In exploring the nature of the divine image, this book not only considers the images of the gods, but also the Hindu temple and the Hindu place of pilgrimage. It is called Darsan, Seeing the divine image, and it is the single most common and significant element of Hindu worship.

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Books like Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. This book, though farsan primarily on a single important characteristic of Hinduism in practice is probably the best introduction ever written to what Hinduism, in practice is like for those who are unfamiliar with that religion. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, to reap seieng blessings, and to know their secrets.


B The Visible India. Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. My favorite quote from it: Seeing the Divine Image in India. Oct 10, Chantal drasan it liked it. I would give this a pass. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India by Diana L. Eck

It’s a complex topic that I’ve had trouble understanding in other texts, and while I wouldn’t say that Divien understood everything in this one, the fact that I got most of it really speaks seeingg its quality. Books by Diana L. Columbia University Press- Religion – pages. Xandra rated it liked it Aug 30, How are these images made and consecreted? E The Polytheistic Imagination. Seeing the Divine Image in America.

Eck Limited preview – I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Nov 11, Darshan Markandaiah rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? No eBook available Amazon. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: Eck No preview available – An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. To ask other readers questions about Darsanplease sign up. Although, it mainly highlights different acts darean worship pujait is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn’t address a lot of issues. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: I picked it up to understand the etymology seeeing my name that I share with the book’s title. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is.


It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship dovine these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper.

Preface to the Seekng Edition. I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion.

This is also a book about the divine image in the Hindu tradition.

Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. That said, I did learn about the ‘Nabakalebara’ at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool.

Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India

D The Image of God. B The Ritual Uses of the Image. Preview — Darsan by Diana L. Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound. Apr 06, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: