Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook

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Penguin, 1975 - Hindu mythology - 358 pages
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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In this translation its spans 75 seminal myths from classical Indian sources, Indra, the mediaeval pantheon, Krishna, Vishnu, and many other gods, demons, rivers, and animal, sacred to Hinduism. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
11
PRAJAPATI AND BRAHMA 112
25
INDRA 1328
56
AGNI 2933
97
RUDRA AND SlVA 3446
116
VISNU 4763
175
DEVI THE GODDESS 6469
238
GODS AND DEMONS 7075
270
APPENDICES
301
Bibliographical Notes
310
Glossary and Index of Proper Names
339
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