Hinduism And Buddhism
Substantially enlarged edition of Coomaraswamy's Essays on Hinduism and Buddhism orig. published in 1943. Incorporates author's authentic revisions. States that Hinduism is the oldest of the surviving mystery religions whose formulations are essentially the same as those of Platoism, Christianity, Taoism and other traditional doctrines. States Buddhism is not a 'New' relig...more
(first published 1943)
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Baf. I am against unnecessary reading in translation. But I had this in French, wanted to read something non-fictional, and so began. Then I realized that I'm not interested in Hinduism. So I skipped to the portion of the book that deals with Buddhism. And I was just a bit bored. There's no reason to be even a bit bored. Ever. So many books call out. And sometimes even people.
Not for the faint of heart, nor for anyone looking to understand the question "So what is Hinduism or Buddhism, anyway?" Written by a genius who doesn't slow down to wait for you to catch up to him, 75% of the text is footnotes and further references. If you are on your way to post-doctoral studies in Eastern religions, this is the book to begin with.
Nov 24, 2010 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This is such an immensely fascinating subject. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, and I even understood almost all of of it despite the confusing amount of new names, words and concepts. Wonderful!
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (Tamil: ஆனந்த குமாரசுவாமி, Ānanda Kentiś Kumāraswāmī) (22 August 1877 − 9 September 1947) was a Ceylonese philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West. In particular, he is described as "the groundbreaking theorist who was lar...moreMore about Ananda K. Coomaraswamy...