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Apsarā

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

(Skt., ‘move in water’).

The dancers in Indra's svarga (heaven) in Hinduism. They are frequently depicted in Hindu relief art. In Buddhism, they are depicted as richly adorned...

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apsara <i>noun</i>

Jennifer Speake and Mark LaFlaur.

in The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English

January 1999; p ublished online January 2002 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 30 words.

M19 Hindi (apsarā from Sanskrit apsarās).

Hindu Mythology Any of a class of celestial nymphs, frequently regarded as

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Apsarā

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

(Skt., ‘move in water’).

The dancers in Indra's svarga (heaven) in Hinduism. They are frequently depicted in Hindu relief art. In Buddhism, they are depicted as richly adorned...

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apsaras

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

(Skt.). Celestial nymphs who dwell in the heaven of the god Indra.

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apsaras

Damien Keown.

in A Dictionary of Buddhism

January 2004; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 13 words.

(Skt.). Celestial nymphs who dwell in the heaven of the god Indra.

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apsaras

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 161 words.

A class of female divinities or spirits, often translated as ‘nymphs’, who feature in Indian religious stories from the Ṛg

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Apsarā

John Bowker.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

January 2000; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Religious Studies. 34 words.

(Skt., ‘move in water’).

The dancers in Indra's svarga (heaven) in Hinduism. They are frequently depicted in Hindu relief

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Apsarās: Enabling Male Immortality, Part 1

Serinity Young.

in Women Who Fly

March 2018; p ublished online November 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: East Asian Religions. 6564 words.

Apsarās are ancient Indian flying divinities. Although they are wingless, their iconography reveals their power of flight. They function in both Hinduism and Buddhism, although...

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Apsara Ensemble

Alexander Michael Cannon.

in Grove Music Online

January 2013; p ublished online October 2012 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 251 words.

Cambodian music ensemble. Named for the female celestial figures that adorn Angkor Wat, this music and dance ensemble has featured performances of Cambodian music for audiences in the...

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Apsara Ensemble

in The Grove Dictionary of American Music

January 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: American Music. 250 words.

Cambodian music ensemble. Named for the female celestial figures that adorn Angkor Wat, this music and dance ensemble has featured

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apsaras (P.)

Edited by Robert E. Buswell and David S. Lopez.

in The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism

P ublished online July 2017 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Buddhism. 143 words.

In Sanskrit, “celestial nymph” (lit. “between the vapors [of the clouds]”); female divinities who dwell in the sky but have

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Añjanā

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 40 words.

An apsaras who, because of a curse, became a monkey. She could change her shape at will, and while in

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Śakuntalā

W. J. Johnson.

in A Dictionary of Hinduism

January 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Hinduism. 75 words.

As portrayed in the Ādiparvan of the Mahābhārata, the daughter of the apsaras Menakā (Menā) and the

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Rambhā

Saṅgīt Mahābhāratī.

in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India

January 2011; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Indian Music. 85 words.

An apsarā, a danseuse of the celestial world. The puraṇās describe her as a daughter of Sage Kaśyapa, and

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Gandharva Geet

Saṅgīt Mahābhāratī.

in The Oxford Encyclopaedia of the Music of India

January 2011; p ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Indian Music. 152 words.

Term for the music of the gandharvas (first ‘a’ short; celestial musicians) and apsarās (celestial nymphs).

Gandharva music pleased the

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Rambhā

Overview page. Subjects: Indian Music.

An apsarā, a danseuse of the celestial world. The puraṇās describe her as a daughter of Sage Kaśyapa, and a dancer in the court of Indra, king of the gods. ...

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Gandharva Geet

Overview page. Subjects: Indian Music.

(or Gān)

Term for the music of the gandharvas (first ‘a’ short; celestial musicians) and apsarās (celestial nymphs).

Gandharva music pleased the gods and goddesses. Here...

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Menā

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

1 According to Purāṇic mythology, the wife of Himavat, and the mother of, inter alia, the goddesses Gaṅgā and Umā (Pārvatī).

2 An apsaras who gives birth...

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Breaking History

Felicia McCarren.

in French Moves

May 2013; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Dance. 6785 words.

Yiphun Chiem’s solo Apsara pairs breakdance with Cambodian traditional dance to describe the layering of identity in the migrant experience, and suggests the impact of both live performance...

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Añjanā

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

An apsaras who, because of a curse, became a monkey. She could change her shape at will, and while in human form was overwhelmed by Vāyu, the wind god; as a result she became pregnant with...

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Śakuntalā

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

As portrayed in the Ādiparvan of the Mahābhārata, the daughter of the apsaras Menakā (Menā) and the sage Viśvāmitra, who, when living in her fosterfather Kaṇva's āśram, is seduced by King...

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