Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Yaksas

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Particular significance attaches to Yaksas in Indian mythology, religion and art. Their almost universal presence in the earlier Indian religions, Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina, wherein they are invested with peculiar traits and powers, indicates their importance.
Ananda Coomaraswamy's Yaksas is an attempt to bring together the mass of information from literary and monumental sources about Yaksas and Yaksi, their origin, and development from the conceptual, mythological and iconographical points of view. Coomaraswamy has shown how this non- and pre-Aryan "animistic" concept originated and, in the historical times, dovetailed with the Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina religious systems to the extent that the concept of Yaksattva got closely bound up with the idea of reincarnation.

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Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy, the greatest among the Indian art-historians, graduated from the University of London. He then became the Director of the Mineralogical Survey of Ceylon. In 1938, he became the Chairman of the National Committee for India's Freedom. His contributions on Indian philosophy, religion, art, iconography, painting, literature, music, science, and Islamic art are of the greatest importance.

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Book Description Munshiram Manoharlal, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Particular significance attaches to Yaksas in Indian mythology, religion and art. Their almost universal presence in the earlier Indian religions, Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina, wherein they are invested with peculiar traits and powers, indicates their importance. "Ananda Coomaraswamy Yaksas is an attempt at bringing together the mass of information from literary and monumental sources about Yaksas and Yaksis, their origin, and development from the conceptual, mythological and iconographical points of view. Coomaraswamy has shown how this non-and pre-Aryan "animistic" concept originated and, in the historical times, dovetailed with the Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina religious systems to the extent that the concept of Yaksattva got closely bound up with the idea of reincarnation. "In the preparation of this monograph, Coomaraswamy has extensively drawn upon the sectarian and semi-secular literature and has shown unmistakable evidences of the Yaksas¦ once honourable status, their benevolence toward men and the affection felt by men toward them. Coomaraswamy begins by tracing the origin of the word yaksa which is first found in Jaiminiya Brahmana, where it means nothing more than µa wondrous thing.¦ In course of time Yaksas and Yaksis are often mentioned and their names are found in the Epics, Buddhist and Jaina works and even in sculpture. In Jaina books Yakkhas are often called Devas, where, as Sasana Devatas they are usually guardian angels. In Buddhist works they are sometimes represented as teachers of good morals and as guardian spirits. Coming as it does from the pen of 127 pp. Seller Inventory # 2327

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