Title Creating the Universe
Subtitle Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism
Author Eric Huntington
ISBN 9780295744063
List price GBP 52.00
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 304
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher University of Washington press (Combined Academic Publishers)
Published in India by .
Exclusive distributors Viva Books Private Limited
Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
Status New Arrival
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“A profoundly innovative and engaging study of cosmological thinking in texts, rituals, imagery, and architecture across the Buddhist world of the Himalayas.”

Catherine Becker, author of Shifting Stones, Shaping the Past: Sculpture from the Buddhist Stupas of Andhra Pradesh


“Offers a new perspective on the depictions of cosmological imagery. A timely topic that makes major contributions to the field of art history.”

Christian Luczanits, David L. Snellgrove Senior Lecturer in Tibetan and Buddhist Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London


Creating the Universe will reveal to readers how much they have been missing. . . . Carefully marked diagrams, clear summaries, and exceptionally clean prose combine to make this long-overdue resource valuable for those interested in Buddhism, comparative religion, and art history.”



Winner, 2018 Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities

Buddhist representations of the cosmos across nearly two thousand years of history in Tibet, Nepal, and India show that cosmology is a rich language for the expression of diverse religious ideas, with cosmological thinking at the center of Buddhist thought, art, and practice.

In Creating the Universe, Eric Huntington presents examples of visual art and architecture, primary texts, ritual ideologies, and material practices—accompanied by extensive explanatory diagrams—to reveal the immense complexity of cosmological thinking in Himalayan Buddhism. Employing comparisons across function, medium, culture, and history, he exposes cosmology as a fundamental mode of engagement with numerous aspects of religion, from preliminary lessons to the highest rituals for enlightenment. This wide-ranging work will interest scholars and students of many fields, including Buddhist studies, religious studies, art history, and area studies.



A Note on Translations, Transliteratiobs, and Titles

List of Illustrations


Introduction: Orienting Space and Self

Chapter 1. Cosmos in Texts: Explaining the Blueness of the Sky

Chapter 2. Cosmos in the Mandala: Salvation through Geography

Chapter 3. Cosmos in Offering: Poling a Mountain of Treasures

Chapter 4. Cosmos in Architecture: Sacred Space and Murals

Conclusion: Potraits of landscapes





About the Author:

Eric Huntington is a postdoctoral scholar in religious studies at the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies, Stanford University.

Target Audience:

People interested in South Asain studies, Buddhism, Buddhist cosmology, comparative religion and art history.

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