Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs & Symbols

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All the principal symbols, objects and figures of Buddhist worship in one rich, informative and easy-to-use guide. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the arts and Buddhism.

This book explores the complex imagery and teachings of Buddhism, whose iconography and symbolism can often seem as challenging as the search for enlightenment itself.

After introducing the early history of Buddhism and its subsequent spread, Meher McArthur presents the main figures of worship - the Buddhas, bodhisattvas, deities, protectors of the faith and historical personages - and explains their origins, characters and identifying features.

Every major sign, symbol and ritual object of Buddhist worship is clearly described and illustrated in photographs and specially commissioned drawings which accompany and clarify the text. Subject names are given in all relevant languages (Sanskrit, Tibetan, Thai, Japanese, etc.) in standard English transcriptions.

Including maps, a comprehensive glossary of key Buddhist terms and a well researched bibliography, this book will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in Buddhism and its art. There is also an overview of major Buddhist sites throughout the world.

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Thames & Hudson Ltd
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