Vajrācārya, Gautamavajra,

Frog hymns and rain babies : monsoon culture and the art of ancient South Asia / Gautama V. Vajracharya ; general editor, Vidya Dehejia. - 212 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents: Part I: New Methodology 1. The Rigvedic Frog Hymn, Shaving of Hair and the Adaptation of Monsoonal Culture 2. The Concept of Prana, Monsoon Culture and Visual Art Part II: Artistic Expressions of Estivation/Monsoon Culture 3. Pipal Tree, Tonsured Monks, Ushnisha and Monsoon Culture 4. Chakravartin, the Rainmaker 5. Symbolism of Ashokan Pillars and Monsoon Culture 6. Atmospheric Gestation: Deciphering Ajanta Ceiling Paintings and Other Related Works in Light of Monsoon Culture Part III: Continuity of Monsoon Culture: A Case Study in Nepal 7. The Creatures of the Rain Rivers, Cloud Lakes Newars Saw Them, So Did Ancient Peoples 8. Dance of Conception and Baby Shower: Tracing a Latent Aspect of Durgapuja in Light of the "Rain-baby" Kumara's Cult 9. Shri and Lakshmi and Monsoon Culture List of Sanskrit Words Index

9788192110646 (hbk.) Rs3000.00 US $ 70.00 8192110648 (hbk.)

2013315344


Art, South Asian--History.
Art, Indic--History.
Hindu art.
Buddhist art.
Winds in art.
Winds in literature.

N7300 / .V35 2013

700.48294 VAJ / 013445
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