Across the Threshold of India (Hardback)

Martha A. Strawn

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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.


Product Details

  • Product code: AXZAQ
  • ISBN: 9781938086175
  • Publisher: George F. Thompson
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 30.1cm x 25.4cm
  • Pages: 320
  • Publish date: Sat Apr 01 00:00:00 BST 2017
  • Book points: 20

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