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The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Paperback Book
World Wisdom
April, 2004
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Banyen's Description: 

This is a new collection of essays by the great traditionalist/perennialist Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. This collection has been edited by his son, Rama Coomaraswamy, who is well known for his writings on the Christian tradition. The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy contains 21 essays on topics reflecting the vast scope of Coomaraswamy’s intellect, including those topics with which he is most associated, such as symbolism, Eastern vs. Western thinking, mythology, literature, metaphysics, traditional art, folklore, and even more! For those new to Coomaraswamy’s writings, this is an excellent survey, and for those who cannot find some of his out-of-print essays, this collection may be the solution. These learned, elegant and wise essays show the world in the clear light of tradition. The introduction by Rama Coomaraswamy includes a wonderful biography of his father with many details and from a perspective that have never been available before.

“The illuminating references and footnotes in his eloquent writings are a veritable treasure-trove for scholars and seekers alike, and one comes away from his works with the sense of a visionary mind focused on the inexpressible reality of which all the great wisdom traditions speak.” —M. Ali Lakhani, editor of Sacred Web

Publisher’s Description: 

Ananda K. Coomaraswamy was engaged in the world not only as a scholarly expositor of traditional culture and philosophy, but also as a radical critic of contemporary life.

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