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Benares seen from within

Author: Richard Lannoy
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [1999?]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A rare combination of creative photography and cultural history put together by one man, this book both visually and textually is the most massive presentation of this extraordinary city ever attempted. It is the fruit of a lifelong interest in Benares from 1953 until the present day."
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lannoy, Richard.
Benares seen from within.
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [1999?]
(OCoLC)679040716
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Lannoy
ISBN: 029597835X 9780295978352
OCLC Number: 42919796
Description: 640 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 32 cm
Contents: Foreword / Anand Krishna --
Photographic Section. 1. Prelude --
Forest of Ananda. 2. Pilgrims and Bathers. 3. The Riverside. 4. Temples Worship Rites. 5. Abode of the Gods. 6. Yoga Gymnastics Ascetics. 7. Forest of Artha --
Lanes and Bazaars. 8. Forest of Artha --
Streetlife. 9. Forest of Artha --
Cityscape. 10. Countryfolk. 11. Crafts. 12. Wisdom and Grace. 13. Sarnath Renewed. 14. Nocturn --
Text Section --
Introduction: A Photographer's Way of Seeing. I. The Centre of the World. II. The Cosmogram. III. Benares as a State of Mind. IV. A Guide for Benares. V. The Interconnectedness of Things. VI. Forest of Bliss. VII. Shiva and the Lat Bhairo. VIII. Dissolution, Death and Regeneration. IX. The Meaning of Pilgrimage. X. Ganga. XI. Hinduism in Practice. XII. Abode of the Gods. XIII. Glimpses of History. 1. The Indo-Aryans. 2. The Ten-Horse Sacrifice. 3. The Kingdom of Kashi. 4. Centre of Learning. 5. The Buddha and Benares.
Responsibility: photographs and text by Richard Lannoy.

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"A rare combination of creative photography and cultural history put together by one man, this book both visually and textually is the most massive presentation of this extraordinary city ever attempted. It is the fruit of a lifelong interest in Benares from 1953 until the present day."

"Lannoy's Benares is no tourist's idyll, nor yet is it an exercise in peddling a 'Third World' mythology of exotica garnished with grunge. Unflinching in his observations, yet enormously sensitive to his subject, Lannoy records the everyday life of Hinduism's most sacred city. And it is not through the formal acts of ritual, but through the most ordinary gestures of river-side and marketplace that the charged, heightened drama of life in Benares unfolds."--Jacket.

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