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Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader In The Sanskrit Puranas

J.A.B. Van Buitenen (Author) Cornelia Dimmitt (Author)

The Mahapuranas embody the received tradition of Hindu mythology. This anthology contains fresh translations of these myths, only a few of which have ever been available in English before, thus providing a rich new portion of Hindu mythology.

The book is organized into six chapter.”Origins” contains myths relating to creation, time and space. ”seers, kings and Supernafurals” relates tales of rivers, trees, animals, demons, and men, particularly heroes and sages. Myths about the chief gods are dealt with in three separate chapters: “Krsna,” ”Visnu,” and Siva.”the chapter “the Goddess”presents stories of the wives and lovers of the gods, as well as of kali, the savage battle goddess.

In their introductions, the editors provide a historical setting in which to discuss Hindu mythology as well as a full analysis of its basic sources. The many names given the gods and goddess in the Sanskrit texts have been retained since their multiplicity is an essential part of the richness of the original. The editors have provided a thorough glossary to make these names accessible.

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About the authors

J.A.B. Van Buitenen

J.A.B. Van Buttenen is Distinguished Service Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Chicago. He is currently translating the full Mahabharata, projected to run eight volumes.

Cornelia Dimmitt

Cornelia Dimmitt is Assistant Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and a Core Faculty Member of the Washington, D.C., Consortium Program in History of Religions.

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Title Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader In The Sanskrit Puranas
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1998
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170305969
length 388p., 8.7 inch X 5.7 inch