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Indian Mythology: Myths and Legends

Shakti M. Gupta (Author)
Synopsis In this book Indian Mythology: Myths and Legends the author has picked up sparkling gems of legends from the vast ocean of Sanskrit literature, which illustrate failings of humans and Gods and demons as well as their noble deeds with their inevitable pleasant and unpleasant consequences. In a civilization as old as the Hindu civilization, religion and mythology are so intermingled that it is difficult to establish where religion ends and mythology begins. Religion descended from generation to generation, and as the story was told and retold, human ingenuity and imagination played their part adding colour, exuberance and romance to the text of these tales. Gods and Goddesses in the Hindu religion are described in human form to make them easily understandable : and, as all good must have its contra in evil, the Hindu Gods have their counterparts in Daityas to contend against. Apart form Hindu mythological stories, the book also has some Jataka tales which are about Buddha’s previous lives. The morals behind the stories are self-explanatory. In short, all the stories collected here are full of deep human interest and it is hoped that these will be read with immense delight and profit.
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About the author

Shakti M. Gupta

Shakti M. Gupta is an established author having written on varied subjects. A Botanist by profession, she taught Botany at Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi and retired in 1992 as a Reader. Dr. Gupta did her Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Delhi in 1958, subject of specialization; Physiological and Biochemical Studies in the Pre-sowing Hardening Treatment of Crop Seeds. In 1972, Dr. Gupta did another Ph.D. from the Faculty of Oriental Archaeology, Martin Luther University, Wittenberg-Halle, Germany. The subject of specialization: Plant Myths and Traditions in India. This qualified her as an Ethnobotanist. Her other books are: From Daityas to Devatas in Hindu Mythology: An Illustrated Dictionary; Vishnu and His Incarnations; Legends around Shiva; Surya, the Sun god; Karttikeya, the Son of Shiva; A Short Biography of the Renowned Palaeobotanist, Professor Birbal Sahni; A Comprehensive Volume on Festivals, Fairs and Fasts of India. Her most recent book, Plants in Indian Temple Art, is based on a survey of plants sculpted on Hindu, Buddhist and Jaina temples, including the myths, legends and folklore associated withu these plants. The Association of Plant Taxonomy awarded her the Jnan Chandra Memorial Medal for the year 2000 for the book Plants in Indian Temple Art.

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Title Indian Mythology: Myths and Legends
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176462764
length xii+316p., Figures; Glossary; 2cm.