by Ananda Coomaraswamy | 1917 | 16,981 words | ISBN-13: 9788121500210
The English translation of the Abhinaya-darpana (“the mirror of gesture”) by Nandikeshvara: an encyclopedic manual of the art of gesticulation. It belongs to a wide range of literature known as Natya-shastra: the ancient Indian art of dramatic performance, theatrics, dance and music. The Abhinaya Darpana is an abridgement of the Bharatarnava, a m...
Chapter 24 - Hands denoting the Upper and Lower Worlds
The Upper Worlds.—
For the Seven Upper Worlds, Bhu, Bhuvar, Svarga, Jana, Tapa, Satya, Mahar, the Patāka hand twisted upwards is applicable.
The Lower Worlds.—
For the Seven Lower Worlds, Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talātala, Mahātala, Rasātala, and Pātāla, the Patāka hand twisted downwards is applicable.