As well as ritual and religious personalities, concepts, works, and other topics, Dallapiccola (Indian art, Edinburgh U.) describes the religious or cultural significance of ordinary objects and animals across the subcontinent. She includes a substantial introduction, a list of principle dynasties and empires, a chronology, and extensive cross-references. The index points from English terms to the Sanskrit terms that head the articles. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
From abhayamudra, the hand pose that Hindus use to dispel fear and offer divine protection, to the yupa, a pillar used in Vedic sacrifice, Anna Dallapiccola's Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend offers brief alphabetical entries on all aspects of Hindu history, belief and practice. Included are maps, a chronology, a brief rundown of India's most important dynasties and 243 b&w photos. The entries are short and not intended to be comprehensive, but they offer a useful overview of such topics as Hindu mythology, art, architecture and the caste system.