Dictionary of Hindu lore and legend /
Anna L. Dallapiccola.
London : Thames & Hudson, 2002.
224 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
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London : Thames & Hudson, 2002.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-05-01:
Dallapiccola (Indian art, Edinburgh Univ.) has created a beautiful introductory dictionary of Hindu mythological terms for general readers. Brief entries for many important Sanskrit terms are provided, especially proper names of deities and Sanskrit names for symbols that appear in art and literature. The source will be useful for students of art history or literature encountering Indian symbolism and mythology for the first time. Dallapiccola does not treat the philosophical content of Indian mythology deeply enough for this source to be effective for seasoned students of Indian religion or philosophy, but it would be useful for undergraduates attempting to read an Indian epic. It is complemented by The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion, ed. by Ingrid Fischer-Schreiber et al. (1989), which provides a better introduction to Indian religion and philosophy. Dallapiccola includes a chronology, a listing of major Indian dynasties, and an English-to-Sanskrit guide for the terms covered in the book. Since this dictionary would be most useful in identifying unfamiliar terms when reading an epic or analyzing art, libraries may want it to circulate. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate readers. G. J. Reece American University
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2002-10-28:
From abhayamudra, the hand pose that Hindus use to dispel fear and offer divine protection, to the yupa, a pillar used in Vedic sacrifice, Anna Dallapiccola's Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend offers brief alphabetical entries on all aspects of Hindu history, belief and practice. Included are maps, a chronology, a brief rundown of India's most important dynasties and 243 b&w photos. The entries are short and not intended to be comprehensive, but they offer a useful overview of such topics as Hindu mythology, art, architecture and the caste system. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 2003-02-01:
The territory staked out by this book is vast indeed. Dallapiccola (honorary professor, Edinburgh Univ.) "seeks to provide a clear and scholarly introduction to the myths, beliefs, practices, and arts of India." The book succeeds in this aim. The entries are necessarily short given the comprehensive coverage, but they are informative and to the point. An introduction of about ten pages provides very basic background. Helpful illustrations and photos, largely of artworks, are included on almost every page. In addition to two maps, Dallapiccola has also included lists of subjects and their Sanskrit equivalents and of principal dynasties and empires in alphabetical order, a chronology covering 3000 B.C.E to 2001 C.E., and a bibliography arranged by subject. For someone just starting a study of India and its cultures, this book would be a useful resource either on its own or as an adjunct to more in-depth works. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-Stephen Joseph, Butler Cty. Community Coll., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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