Mahisasura Art and Thought

By: Dr Upendra Nath Dhal

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The Asuras belong to one of the primitive tribes of the country, who contributed a lot for the development of our culture and civilization. The authors of our ancient literature do not seem to have done justice to them, rather instead of recognising their merits have tried to mutilate branding them as uncouth in form and savage in habit and so on and so forth. It may be due to the fact that the Asuras had a distinct way of life of their own, which was different from the Aryans, as such they used to clash. Due to such cultural conflict, sometimes the Aryans had to bow down but in the long run the Asuras had to admit defeat no doubt. Though conqused physi- cally, the Asuras used to conquer them culturally. The present monograph on MahisSsura deals with the study-of the culture of the Asuras in general and MahisSsura in particular as a representative of the tribe, which is still alive in India uptil now. The work, not simply accepts the materials for study from the library works, but also from such sources like archaeology, anthropology, sociology, sculpture and the like to present a balanced view on them. Besides studying the origin and development of the Asuras, in general from various sources, the myths relating to MahiSasura, his genesis and his conflict with the Vedic gods leading to his defeat and discomfiture in the hands of the Goddess who combines the energies of the Gods, but who had clearcut pro- Aryan affiliation are properly studied. Due to as- similation of cultures, our popular faiths and beliefs record the adoration of MahisSsura alongwith the mother Goddess DurgS in Navaratra festival. The position of `Mahisasura in folk beliefs and practices are also given due recognition. Our sculptors and the authors of the treatises on iconography have never neglected him. Rather the image of Mahisasura is invariably enjoyed to be sculptured alongwith the Goddess duly engraved stones and other materials since hoary past. It is hoped that the work would throw new light on the rich cultural background of the Asuras in general and Mahisasura in particular. CONTENTS: Preface List of Illustrations Introduction CHAP I : Genesis of the Concept of Asura CHAP II : Mahisasura Through the Myths CHAP III : Mahisasura in Religious Tradition CHAP IV : Emergence of Mahisasura in Indian Sculpture Conclusion Printed Pages: 95.

Title: Mahisasura Art and Thought

Author Name: Dr Upendra Nath Dhal

Categories: Art,

Edition: First edition

Publisher: Eastern Book Linkers: 1991

ISBN Number: 8185133476

ISBN Number 13: 9788185133478

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Type: Book

Seller ID: 7860BV

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