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Symphony in Stone: Festivities in Early Buddhism
By: Garima Kaushik

Symphony in Stone : Festivities in Early Buddhism

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Author: Garima Kaushik
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9788181820365

Product Code: 15524

The book highlights the contradictions between canonical precepts of early Buddhism, i.e., the Theravada doctrine and actual practices as can be gathered from the sculptural representations, i.e., the austerity and renunciation generally associated with early Buddhism and, in contrast, depiction of dance and musical instruments in early Buddhist architecture. Going through a range of sculptural and literary evidences and classifying them based on their themes, it discusses their depiction of festivities and ceremonials and secular scenes including court scenes and musicians. With many photographic reproductions of the artistic representations on stone, it deals with gradual incorporation of dance and music as part of the biographical narrative and worship of the Buddha.

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