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Frog hymns and rain babies : monsoon culture and the art of ancient South Asia

Author: Gautamavajra Vajrācārya; Vidya Dehejia
Publisher: Mumbai : Marg Foundation, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the influence of monsoons on the art, literature, and culture of India and the South Asian region.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gautamavajra Vajrācārya; Vidya Dehejia
ISBN: 9788192110646 8192110648
OCLC Number: 792879905
Description: 212 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 32 cm
Contents: pt. I : New methodology. The Rigvedic frog hymn, shaving of hair, and monsoon culture --
Monsoon culture and the concept of prana in visual art --
pt. II : Artistic expressions of monsoon culture. Pipal tree, tonsured monks, and Ushnisha --
Chakravartin, the rainmaker --
The symbolism of Ashokan pillars --
Atmospheric gestation : deciphering Ajanta ceiling paintings and related works --
pt. III : The continuity of monsoon culture in Nepal. Creatures of the rain-river and cloud-lakes --
Dance of conception and rain babies : mother goddesses and the cult of kumara --
Shri and Lakshmi : rain-river and agrarian prosperity.
Responsibility: Gautama V. Vajracharya ; general editor, Vidya Dehejia.
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Examines the influence of monsoons on the art, literature, and culture of India and the South Asian region.

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