A History of Indian Literature, Volume 1

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1996 - Literary Criticism - 602 pages
The present English translation is based on the original German work written by Professor Winternitz and has been revised in the light of further researches on the subject by different scholars in India and elsewhere. Vol. I relates to Veda (the four Samhitas), Brahmanas, Aranyakas, Upanisads, Vedangas and the Literature of the ritual. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Puranic literature and Tantra. Vol. II deals with the Buddhist Literature of India and the Jaina Literature. Vol. III covers Classical Sanskrit Literature comprising ornate Poetry, Drama, Narrative Literature, Grammar, Lexiocography, Philosophy, Dharma-Sastra, Artha-Sastra, Architecture, Music, Kama-Sutra, Ayurveda, Astronomy, Astrology and Mathematics.
 

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Contents

List of abbreviations used in the book
1
in Europe
7
What is the Veda?
47
Sacrifice in ancient India and the Vedic Samhitas
148
The Samhitas of the Yajurveda
157
Araṇyakas and Upanişads
209
THE FUNDAMENTAL DOCTRINES OF THE UPANIŞADS
228
The beginnings of epic poetry in India
291
Ancient heropoetry in the Mahābharata
360
Fables Parables and moral stories in the Mahābhā
391
Survey of the Purāņaliterature
507
INDEX
581
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