Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

By Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, Rama P. Coomaraswamy, Arvind Sharma

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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. Coomaraswamycontains 21 essays on topics reflecting the vast scope of Coomaraswamy's intellect, including those topics with which he i A new collection of essays by the great traditionalist/perennialist Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. This collection has been

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Book details

ebook, 328 pages
August 1st 2010 by World Wisdom Books

(first published January 1st 2004)

Original Title
The Essential Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
ISBN
1935493663 (ISBN13: 9781935493662)
Edition Language
English

Community Reviews

Alex Kartelias

First time reading his work, and I'm incredibly impressed. His in depth analysis of how aesthetics has been understood Traditionally and how today's understanding is inaccurate and metaphysically dissonant to Truth, is breath-taking. What really struck me was how much of a command he has not just of other religions' vocabulary, but how broad his knowledge is of the world's sacred languages and how they relate to today's vernacular tongues- there's both a religio perennis as well as a lingua perennis.
And how he feels comfortable using Vedenta and the Angelic Doctor himself-St. Thomas Aquinas- definitely struck me. His writings are necessary today more than ever.

TR

This is the best Ananda Coomaraswamy collection to start with since it has a good mix of essays on metaphysics, mythology, symbolism, art and culture. The Princeton/Bollingen collection (The Door in the Sky) is also good, but shorter and less wide-ranging as far as subject matter.

Coomaraswamy, a celebrated academic, complements Guenon's purely metaphysical outlook quite well, and for those who prefer an academic approach (perhaps because they feel more comfortable with the modern chrism of 'respectability') it is a good introduction to the traditional perspective.

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