Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook

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Penguin, 1975 - Hindu mythology - 358 pages
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These tales of Hindu gods and demons express in vivid symbols the metaphysical insights of ancient Indian priests and poets. This selection and translation of seventy-five seminal myths spans the wide range of classical Indian sources, from the serpent-slaying Indra of the Vedas (c. 1200 BC) to the medieval pantheonýthe phallic and ascetic Siva, the maternal and bloodthirsty Goddess, the mischievous child Krishna, the other avatars of Vishnu, and the many minor gods, demons, rivers and animals sacred to Hinduism. The traditional themes of life and death are set forth and interwoven with many complex variations which give a kaleidoscopic picture of the development of almost three thousand years of Indian mythology.
  

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Review: Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook

User Review  - Zachariah Sullivan - Goodreads

Possibly too content-heavy to be a 'beginners' mythology book. Read more like a textbook than prose. Interesting, albeit confusing. I feel I have a slightly better understanding of Hindu myths, but would not recommend the book. Read full review

Review: Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit (Penguin Classics)

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

i wasn't too impressed with this collection of Hindu myths. i found the format hard to follow and i found the notes and explanations actually hindered my understanding because it either referenced other versions of the myth that were not in the book or read much earlier. Read full review

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Contents

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II
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IV
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V
35
VI
43
VII
56
VIII
91
IX
97
XV
175
XVI
179
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XIX
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XIII
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XXVI
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XXVII
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Wendy Doniger is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She has also translated "The Kama-sutra" (with Sudhir Kakar), "The Rig Veda: An Anthology", "Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook" and "The Laws of Manu" (with Brian K. Smith), and is the author of nine more books about Indian culture.

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