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Iconography and Images (Murtī): Art
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Modern Hinduism is a very visual culture, populated by brightly colored and ornamented images of gods, goddesses, and divine beings, some with multiple arms and heads, and dramatic expressions (see fig. 1). These images have been made for the past two thousand years and are one of the principle means for the transmission of the Hindu t…

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Branfoot, Crispin, “Iconography and Images (Murtī): Art”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2018

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