Ananda K. Coomaraswamy

Harry Oldmeadow

Traditional art, in Coomaraswamy’s view, was always directed towards a twin purpose: a daily utility, towards what he was fond of calling “the satisfaction of present needs”, and towards the preservation and transmission of moral values and spiritual teachings derived from the tradition in which it appeared.

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Originally published as chapter 3 of Kenneth Oldmeadow, Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy, Colombo: Sri Lanka Institute of Traditional Studies, 2000.