Origins of the Indian Planetary Deities

Author: Markel, Stephen
This interdisciplinary study investigates the art-historical, textual, and epigraphical evidence examines the origin and development of the Indian planetary deities. With 52 illustrations.


"Stephen Markel's book is one significant step in bringing forward the intertwined history of textual references to the planets, Greco-Roman connections to India, mythology, religion and astronomy. . . . it provides the first chronological, comprehensive sequencing of both textual and sculptural depictions of the planets. It would be very difficult, if not impossible to carry out any cohesive work into the first 300 years of such depictions without this volume. . . . Anyone interested in an overview of the earliest Indian astronomical treatises and their modern translators and commentators would find this to be an excellent reference work as well." - Eleanor Mannikka