xi, 358p., 23 cm. (Sri Garib Das Oriental Series No. 225) (Originally pub. in 1999, SUNY)
CONTENTS:- 1. Ganesa: a protohistory of the idea and the icon/A.K. Narain. 2. Ganesa: myth and reality/M.K. Dhavalikar. 3. Ganesa's rise to prominence in Sanskrit literature/Ludo Rocher. 4. Ganesa as metaphor: the Mudgala purana/Phyllis Granoff. 5. Images of Ganesa in Jainism/Maruti Nandan Tiwari and Kamal Giri. 6. The wives of Ganesa/Lawrence Cohen. 7. 'Vatapi Ganapatim': sculptural, poetic, and musical texts in hymn to Ganesa/Amy Catlin. 8. Ganesa in southeast Asian art: Indian connections and indigenous developments/Robert L. Brown. 9. The tantric Ganesa: texts preserved in the tibetan canon/Christopher Wilkinson. 10. Ganesa in China: methods of transforming the demonic/Lewis R. Lancaster. 11. Literary aspects of Japan's dual-Ganesa cult/James H. Sanford.
This book examines the complete Ganesh for the first time. Here is the God in his multiple forms from the different geographical areas in Asia. Particularly important are chapters that deal with his Buddhist and tantric forms. The controversial question of his origins is also thoroughly discussed. It provides a great deal of original and unpublished material which will be of much interest to scholars in the field. It will be on indispensable reference work on the subject.