Art History I Chapter Nine: General Notes & Vocabulary Christine Tate, Ph.D. South Asian Subcontinent: Vast and geographically varied peninsula south of central Asia Regional differences (terrain, climate, language, religion) but art is similar and distinctive: Visual abundance: Ornate—intricate, sophisticated, elaborate imagery Pervasive symbolism: Rich, deep, complex iconography Divine elements: Religious/spiritual content or associations Religions : Jainism: Like Buddhism, an indigenous religion focused on individual spiritual development. Unlike Buddhism, most practitioners of Jainism today are in India. Buddhism: An indigenous spiritual practice focused on individual spiritual development and insight into the nature of life. It spread from India to the East across Asia. Hinduism: Also indigenous to India, it is one of the oldest religions in the world and currently the third largest. Hinduism recognizes one deity with a multitude of manifestations. Vedas are the sacred texts; there is no single “founder”. A good source:
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