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Cummins, Joan [Hrsg.]:
Vishnu : Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior / ed. by Johan Cummins, with contributions from Doris Meth Srinivasan, Cynthia Packert, Joan Cummins and Neeraja Poddar. - Ahmedabad : Mapin ; Copublished with Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 2011. - 296 S. : zahlr. Ill.
978-1-935677-08-6 (Grantha)
Rs. 3500 / US$ 75,00 / £ 45,00
US$ 130,00 (Vedams Books)
DDC: 704.948945512
-- Angekündigt für März 2011 --
Katalog zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung am Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee.

Vishnu - Hinduism’s most important and powerful deity - is the great preserver, vanquishing those who seek to destroy the balance of the universe. For his followers he is also creator and the destroyer, the cause of all existence. His many traits are embodied in his impressive physical form, the weapons he carries, the Goddesses who are his consorts, and the eagle Garuda, on whom he flies down from heaven. In Hindu legend, Vishnu descends to earth in many manifestations, known as avatars, to fight powerful demons and to save his devotees. The avatars range in form from Varaha the boar to Parashurama the Brahmin warrior, and in character from Narasimha the ferocious half man half lion, to Krishna the charismatic prince-cowherd.
   The legends of Vishnu have inspired some of the greatest art, literature, and ritual traditions in India. This catalogue examines the many faces of Vishnu and the ways that the God has been represented, from antiquity to the present.
   Essays by noted historians of South Asian art delve deeply into the regional and sectarian traditions of Vishnu Worship in India. Illustrations and discussions of almost 200 works of art, in a wide range of media and borrowed from collections across the North Atlantic, reveal the rich diversity of India’s art and religious culture. [Verlagsinformation]

1. Foreword and Acknowledgements / Susan H. Edwards
2. Multiplicity and grandeur: an introduction to Vishnu / Joan Cummins
3. Becoming Vishnu / Doris Meth Srinivasan
4. Vishnu’s manifestations in the Tamil country / Leslie C. Orr
5. Networks of devotion: the art and practice of Vaishnavism in Western India / Cynthia Packert
6. The image of Vishnu
   i. Introduction.
   ii. Attributes.
   iii. The consorts of Vishnu and female forms of Vishnu.
   iv. Garuda
   v. Legends of Vishnu
7. The Avatars of Vishnu
   i. Introduction
   ii. The Matsya Aatar
   iii. The Kurma Avatar
   iv. The Varaha Avatar
   v. The Narasimha Avatar
   vi. Vamana Avatar
   vii. The Parashurama Avatar
   viii. The Rama Avatar
   ix. Hanuman
   x. Krishna as Avatar and God
   xi. The Balarama Avatar
   xii. The Buddha Avatar
   xiii. Kalki Avatar
   xiv. Multifaced Vishnu images
8. The worship of Vishnu
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JOAN CUMMINS is the Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She has lectured and published widely on the fields of Indian painting and Hindu temple art. Profile page.

Quellen: Mapin; Vedams Books; Grantha Books