Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization (Paperback)

By Heinrich Robert Zimmer, Joseph Campbell (Editor)

Princeton University Press, 9780691017785, 296pp.

Publication Date: May 21, 1972

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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.

About the Author

Heinrich Zimmer (1890-1943) was a historian of South Asian art. He was the author of Philosophies of India. Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was the author of many books on comparative mythology, including The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Masks of God.