'Berkson's book... combines copious referencing with a bold psychoanalytical framework, into which she further unhesitatingly brings personal insights, experiences and feelings.'
'She has read deeply into Sanskrit shastras. And she has revealed in her book' the startling changes of myths by various imaginations.'
Mulk Raj Anand, The Hindustan Times.
About the Authoress:
Carmel Berkson is a well known photographer and writer on Indian sculpture, based in New York, Israel and Bombay. She is the author of Ellora: Concept and Style, and joint author( with Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty and George Michell) of Elephanta: The Cave of Shiva.
List of Plates
One Family and Society in Contemporary India
Two Birth of the Hero
Three The Labour of Mahisa
Four The Demon/Deity Spectrums
Five The Mahisa/Devi Encounters
Six The Battle
Seven The Battle as Sacrifice: Mahisa as victim
Eight Festivals: Myth/Rite Equations
Nine The Life Stages of the Hero: Depiction in Stone
APPENDICES: CONGRUENT MOTIFS IN MYTH
I. Birth of Mahisa
II. Sacred Marriage
III. Struggle with the Mother
IV. Death and Resurrection
V. Animal Associations
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