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Yama: The Glorious Lord of the Other World

Kusum P. Merh (Author)

In the Hindu pantheon, Yama holds a unique place. A counterpart, in the indigenous tradition, of Avestan Yima, Egyptian Osiris or Greek Pluto, he inspires terror in the heart of an average mortal: not only owing to his overlordship of the abode of the dead, but also for his identification with dead, but also for his identification with death itself. Yama's image in Hindu mythology, however, has come to have full many variants - which Dr. Merh's study tries to capture against their essential literary settings.

Based on the prodigious mass of India's old-world scriptural literature - the Vedas, Samhitas, Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanisads, besides the Puranic texts, the book meticulously explores all possible traits of Yama's personality, highlighting how the mythical view of this glorious, other-world god passes through a striking change over the millennia between the Rgveda and the later 'Puranic' descriptions - respectively in part 1 and part 2 of the book, the author focuses specially on Yama, the creator, preacher, the philosopher, the law-giver, the punisher and above all, on his role as an eschatologist.

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About the author

Kusum P. Merh

Kusum P. Merh is a notable Sanskrit scholar, with a brilliant academic career that led to her selection for the UGC's (University Grants Commission's) prestigious research fellowship. Awarded PhD in 1992, she currently teaches in the Department of Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit, M.S. University, Baroda, India.

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Title Yama: The Glorious Lord of the Other World
Author Kusum P. Merh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.1996
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 812460066X
length 333p., 8.8" x 5.9"