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Thesaurus of Deity names

Thesaurus of Deity names

Hi - can anyone suggest an authority for Deity names?  Getty AAT doesn't include any, but we have a lot of objects, especially in our Asian Art collection, that are very specifically related to deities.

Hope someone has a lead.

Mark

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Re: Thesaurus of Deity names

Hi Mark,

I was doing unrelated research in LCSH and remembered your post, so ran a quick search on "deity" in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Without digging too deeply it appeared to be a fairly robust list including most appropriate language variations (Amida, Amitabha, Amitayus) as alternate terms. I am not aware of other comprehensive standards for deities (especially for Asian religions). You may try Asia Society in New York or Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. I worked with AAMSF years ago as a consultant for Questor. ARGUS relied heavily on its Lexicon Module, so there is a good chance that they incorporated a standard or custom structured list.

Search for Deity at LCSH http://id.loc.gov/search/?q=deity&page=5[/url]

All my best,

Will

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Re: Thesaurus of Deity names

Hi Will

Thanks very much for this. I have passed it on to our Asian Art curator, who I am sure will be thrilled.

Ta

Mark

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