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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892818549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892818549
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tucked away in remote Indian jungles are little-known masterpieces of Hindu architecture. What these temples mean and how they were used are the subjects of Alain Danielou's introduction to these magnificent Shaivite structures. Lifelong Indologist and translator of the Kama Sutra, Danielou gives us a grand tour of these temples by drawing from accounts in ancient texts. In very short segments, he directs us to the temple plan, the architect, erotic representations, the meanings of life, the sanctuary, and other aspects of the temple and its erotic sculpture and symbols. Originally published in two French titles, The Hindu Temple includes original photographs by Raymond Burnier and others who trekked across India to capture these out-of-the-way temples on film. The photographs, along with a number of exceptional color plates, suffer slightly in quality, but the effect is not lost. The Hindu Temple is a noteworthy introduction to a spirituality that Danielou claims to be the fountainhead of the all religions. Whether or not true, the art and the power live and still inspire today. --Brian Bruya

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The late Danielou was one of the greatest Western writers on Hinduism, and this text translates and amalgamates two of his texts: L'erotisme divinise and Le temple hindou. Danielou writes with great clarity and authority, and his understanding of the ancient Hindu religious aesthetic is nothing short of breathtaking. Despite the book's subtitle, Danielou's work provides less of the thrill of voyeurism than the excitement of learning and illumination. In addition, the illustration of his words by the splendid photographs of Raymond Burnier delivers the meaning of the text with added force. Highly recommended.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
Alain Danielou's Hindi Temple is here translated into English for the first time, and provides a fine spiritual and travel guide to the major temples of India. The focus on their erotic sculptures and Hindu faith makes for an excellent set of insights.
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3 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Alex Ferdman on July 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
this book should be called - introduction to hindu religion.
most of the book deals with explanations how hindu religion
connected to hindu temple.low quality pictures dont add
anything.some two pages talk about eroticism.
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