Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization

ISBN-10: 0691017786

ISBN-13: 9780691017785

Edition: 1946

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This book interprets for the Western mind the key motifs of India's legend, myth, and folklore, taken directly from the Sanskrit, and illustrated with seventy plates of Indian art. It is primarily an introduction to image-thinking and picture-reading in Indian art and thought, and it seeks to make the profound Hindu and Buddhist intuitions of the riddles of life and death recognizable not merely as Oriental but as universal elements.
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 1946
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 5/21/1972
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Joseph Campbell was born in White Plains, New York on March 26, 1904. He received a B.A. in English literature in 1925 and an M.A. in Medieval literature in 1927 from Columbia University. He was awarded a Proudfit Traveling Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Paris. After he had received and rejected an offer to teach at his high school alma mater, his Fellowship was renewed, and he traveled to Germany to resume his studies at the University of Munich. During the year he was housemaster of Canterbury School, he sold his first short story, Strictly Platonic, to Liberty magazine. In 1934, he accepted a position in the literature department at Sarah Lawrence College, a post he would retain until retiring in 1972. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 40 books including The Hero with a Thousand Faces, The Mythic Image, the four-volume The Masks of God, and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers. During the 1940s and 1950s, he collaborated with Swami Nikhilananda on translations of the Upanishads and The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. He received several awards including National Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Contributions to Creative Literature and the 1985 National Arts Club Gold Medal of Honor in Literature. He died after a brief struggle with cancer on October 30, 1987.

List of Plates
Eternity and Time
The Parade of Ants
The Wheel of Rebirth
The Wisdom of Life
The Mythology of Vishnu
Vishnu's Maya
The Waters of Existence
The Waters of Non-Existence
Maya in Indian Art
The Guardians of Life
The Serpent, Supporter of Vishnu and the Buddha
Divinities and their Vehicles
The Serpent and the Bird
Vishnu as Conqueror of the Serpent
The Lotus
The Elephant
The Sacred Rivers
The Cosmic Delight of Shiva
The "Fundamental Form" and the "Playful Manifestations"
The Phenomenon of Expanding Form
Shiva-Shakti
The Great Lord
The Dance of Shiva
The Face of Glory
The Destroyer of the Three Towns
The Goddess
The Origin of The Goddess
The Island of Jewels
Conclusion
Index
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