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Mary Binney Wheeler Image Collection

In 1907, Mary Binney Wheeler was born into a prominent Philadelphia family. She was quite talented in the musical and terpsichorean arts; at the age of 17, she performed at Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Later in life, she developed a deep and abiding interest in South Asian art and culture. Over the course of 14 trips to the area, she took over 9,000 photographs in...
Stories of Krishna: The Adventures of a Hindu God

To complement its current exhibition, Intimate Worlds: Masterpieces of Indian Painting, on view through September 7, 2003, the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) presents Stories of Krishna. Appropriately, Intimate Worlds (the title of the larger exhibition) appears as the window title when the Web exhibition opens in its own reduced window on your computer screen. The audio intro explains the function of...
The real roots of yoga

In this erudite examination of the origins of postural yoga, University of Chicago Indologist and Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger asks, what are the real roots of yoga? By examining five contradictory claims made by "activists of Hindu American identity politics" and contemporary scholars, Dr. Doniger exposes the complex and interconnected history of how yoga developed, both as an extension of...