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ACROSS THE THRESHOLD OF INDIA: ART, WOMEN AND CULTURE. Martha A. Strawn. George F. Thompson Publishing, Staunton, 2016. Published in association with Center for the Study of Place, and Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston. 320 pp. with 168 ills. (135 col.) and 112 reference ills. (73 col.). 31 x 26 cm. LC 2015-956257 ISBN 9781938086175 In English.
Publisher's description: An important and strikingly beautiful book about the sacred Hindu practice of threshold drawing! In the Hindu world-view, threshold is a profoundly important concept that represents a passage between one space and place and another, creating a visual bridge between the secular and the sacred. Accordingly, the literal threshold a person crosses when entering and exiting a home or business symbolizes the threshold one crosses between the physical and spiritual realms of existence. Hindus have long believed it is possible to affect a person's well-being by using diagrams to sanctify the "threshold space." The diagrams do so by "trapping" ill will, evil, bad luck, or negative energy within their colorful and elaborate configurations, thereby cleansing those who traverse the space and sending them on their way with renewed spirit, positive energy, and good luck and fortune. The creation of the threshold diagrams is steeped in Indian history and culture going back thousands of years. Practiced by women, it was long considered a vernacular art. But, as this pioneering book reveals, the diagrams represent highly sophisticated mathematical and cosmological underpinnings that have been handed down from one generation of women to the next.
Artist(s):Strawn, Martha A.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Asia (Traditional) — India, United States — Post-2000 — Drawing and Watercolor, Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73,54,55
Worldwide Number: 159169
Hardcover $75.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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