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Hindu Myths

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This selection and translation of seventy-five seminal myths of Hindu gods and demons express in vivid symbols the metaphysical insights of ancient Indian priests and poets.

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From the serpent-slaying Indra of the Vedas (c. 1200 BC) to the medieval pantheon - the phallic and ascetic Siva, the maternal and bloodthirsty Goddess, the mischievous child Krishna, the other avatars of Vishnu and many minor gods, demons, etc.

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"The Man (Purusha) has a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet. He pervades the earth everywhere and extends beyond for ten fingers' breadth. The Man himself is all this, whatever has been and whatever is to be. He is the lord of immortality and also lord of that which grows on food. Such is his greatness, and the Man is yet greater than this.

All creatures make up a quarter of him; three quarters are the immortal in heaven. With three quarters the Man has risen above, and one quarter of him still remains here, whence he spread out everywhere, pervading that which eats and that which does not eat."      ~Rg Veda (10.90)

Biography

Doniger holds two doctorates, from Harvard University and the University of Oxford, in Sanskrit and Indian Studies. She sits on the fourteen-member editorial board of Encyclopædia Britannica. She is also renowned for her writings on Comparative Mythology, namely commonalities between the myths of Ancient India and Ancient Greece.

Translator O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 358 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1975
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