Handbook of Hindu mythology

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ABC-CLIO, 2003 - Social Science - 372 pages
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"Handbook of Hindu Mythology" offers a number of pathways by which to approach Hinduism's ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahm?, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the "vedas"), secular epics (including the "R?m?yana" and the "Mah?bh?rata"), myths within myths, devotional and esoteric traditions, psychic and yogic disciplines, and magical practices.

With this handbook, readers can explore the history of Hindu mythology, follow a detailed timeline of key episodes and historical events, and look up specific elements of historical or contemporary Hinduism in a beautifully illustrated dictionary section. It is the ideal introduction to the origins of Hinduism, the culture that shaped it from antiquity to the present, and the age-old stories, ideas, and traditions that speak to the human condition as eloquently today as ever.

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Contents

Mythic Time Space and Causality
35
Characters Themes and Concepts
45
Arishtha Arishthaka
59
BalaRama Balarama BalabhadraRama
72
Bhrigu
85
Brahmin also Brahmana and Brahman
91
Dakinis
104
Dharma
117
Kalmashapada
176
Krittikas
189
Madri Madravti
203
ManasaPutra ManasaPutra
208
Nara
221
Prahlada
234
Rishyasringa
247
Satyavati
262

Drona
122
Gangi
135
Hara
148
Hiranyaksha
154
Kaca
167
Selected Print and Nonprint Resources
311
Glossary
335
Index
343
About the Author
373
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About the author (2003)

George M. Williams is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at California State University, Chico. He was one of the founders of the Religion in Modern India section of the American Academy of Religion and its first chair.

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