Diana L. The experience of the divine in India merges the three components of sight, performance, and sound. This book is about the power and importance of seeing in the Hindu religious tradition. In the Hindu view, not only must the gods keep their eyes open, but so must we, in order to make contact with them, to reap their blessings, and to know their secrets.
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The role of the visual is essential to Hindu tradition and culture, but many attempts to understand India's divine images have been laden with misperceptions. Get A Copy. Paperback , Third , 97 pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Darsan , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. May 18, Lisa Marques Jagemark rated it really liked it. Jul 18, Patrick rated it it was amazing. This book, though focused primarily on a single important characteristic of Hinduism in practice is probably the best introduction ever written to what Hinduism, in practice is like for those who are unfamiliar with that religion. Even those with some familiarity will benefit from how Eck treats how seeing in understood in a religious context in Hinduism.
While useful as an academic book, this book is well suited to a non-academic audience. Jan 06, Kristin rated it really liked it Shelves: comparative-religion , school , hinduism. This was a nice surprise for me because it focused so much on the use of images in Hinduism and the power of looking, both of looking at something and even of being looked at.
I'm pursuing two majors -- art history and comparative religion -- so this book addressed both loves for me. My favorite quote from it: "A picture. Jun 23, Devon O'shaughnessy rated it really liked it Shelves: art , home-book-shelf , myth-etc.
Very interesting and informative look at the religions of India. I encourage anyone who is interesting in or confused be the seeming incongruous aspects of this belief system. Also, now I just want to go to India. Jun 01, John rated it it was amazing. Darsan is one of the best books that I have ever read.
Eck presents a concise and well written thesis about the practice of Hinduism. Oct 14, T. Kay Browning rated it really liked it. Really enjoyable.
I love these little, one topic insights into a religion, without an attempt to grab the whole breadth and depth of the religion. Jul 27, Grete rated it it was ok. Informative but dull, monotonous book. This book was OK.
I picked it up to understand the etymology behind my name that I share with the book's title. It highlights how important visuals are in Hindu culture along with emphasizing how the worship of these images transcend exclusively visual boundaries in the mind of a Hindu worshipper. I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some re This book was OK.
I felt that there is no singular pattern I could follow along with and the book is filled with Hindu culture specific jargon which while explained in footnotes that may be more off-putting for some readers. I would give this a pass. That said, I did learn about the 'Nabakalebara' at the Jagannath temple in Puri where the images of the deities are switched out in an elaborate ceremony every 19 or so years and that sounds pretty cool.
This is one of my favorite books to read with students. Eck does a beautiful job explaining the integration of sight, sensuality, belief and devotion in Indian art and culture. This short book is the perfect foil for a comparative look at ways of seeing. I especially love pairing this book with readings on linear perspective as a way to discuss the nature and power of seeing in different cultural contexts.
This book is very readable, engaging and loaded with images. The content and writing style This is one of my favorite books to read with students. The content and writing style is presented in non-academic language which is easily accessible for high school and college readers in art, art history and global humanities classes.
This book is a brief but excellent explanation for Westerners about how Hindu worship is done, and what it means to the worshippers. It's a complex topic that I've had trouble understanding in other texts, and while I wouldn't say that I understood everything in this one, the fact that I got most of it really speaks to its quality. Jun 21, Sunil Kumar rated it liked it.
Rather short. Feb 07, Aaron rated it it was amazing. A clear and enjoyable introduction to Hinduism. Sep 22, Jingjing Fan rated it liked it Shelves: iconography. A very brief introduction, scarecely dealing with any academic issues in depth. In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship - believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of "contemplation for the common man.
This short book is a darsan in itself - a way of seein In my study of Hinduism I never understood the link between Indian metaphysics and daily worship - believing many teachers I had who argued that image worship was a kind of "contemplation for the common man.
This short book is a darsan in itself - a way of seeing into the rich highly textured religious tapestry of India that enlarges the reader's perspective and appreciation. Jul 05, Mike rated it liked it. Early in the first chapter the author, Diane Eck, uses the kaleidoscope metaphor to describe the incredible diversity of the Hindu experience, and for the rest of the book, she skillfully reveals how the tapestry of Hindu shrines, processions, iconography, symbols, rituals, and more, all kaleidoscopically combine to give the devotee a vibrant and stunning visual revelation of the Divine, an experience which the Hindus call Darshan.
Jan 27, Faaiz rated it liked it Shelves: cultural , religion. I thought it did fairly well as an introduction to Hinduism. Although, it mainly highlights different acts of worship puja , it is not a complete introduction to Hinduism and doesn't address a lot of issues. But what is does address, it gives a comprehensive analysis of and that makes it an interesting book.
Overall, the writing was good too. Aug 10, Mireille rated it it was ok. Good introduction for those utterly unfamiliar with Indian religious practice and steeped in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. Eck relies heavily on drawing parallels and distinctions between the two traditions. Sometimes this is instructive, other times just irritating. Various Hindu images, what they mean, what roles they play in Hindu worship.
Short, interesting, accessible. Occasionally perhaps errs on the side of being too simplistic, or too wow-what-a-neat-foreign-religion-this-is. Jul 29, Rose Be added it Shelves: non-fiction , world , india.
Sometimes the author seems to push reality ever so slightly to make her point, but overall it's very informative and easy to read. I had to read it for a class, and it goes by quickly, which makes it all the better. Jun 09, Devi Bhakta rated it it was amazing. An extraordinary presentation of a complex topic in a clear and concise manner. Probably the first book I would recommend as an introduction to Hinduism as it is actually practiced and understood by Hindus.
May 07, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: asian-studies , religion , sociology. A good book giving an overview on the religious practice of darsan. I was raised protestant and so the idea of divine images and relics was very foreign to me and this gave to a better understanding and its importance. A must-read for people interested in Indian culture or Indian art.
Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India