Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook

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Penguin, 1975 - Hindu mythology - 358 pages
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Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers and animals including boars, buffalo, serpents and monkeys. Immensely varied and bursting with colour and life, they demonstrate the Hindu belief in the limitless possibilities of the world - from the teeming miracles of creation to the origins of the incarnation of Death who eventually touches them all.
  

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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

User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

There's one story in here that I like, in which a lady is told that her son Krishna has consumed some dirt; she asks Krishna if this is true, and he denies it, saying that she can look inside his ... Read full review

Contents

I
ii
II
25
IV
28
V
35
VI
43
VII
56
VIII
91
IX
97
XV
175
XVI
179
XVII
197
XVIII
231
XIX
238
XX
270
XXII
273
XXIII
280

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XII
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XIII
154
XIV
173
XXIV
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XXV
302
XXVI
310
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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