This book occupies a very important position in the study of the history of religions. It traces the earliest stage in the evolution of beliefs which constitute the source of religious concepts of the majority of the modern Indians. The book is divided into seven chapters and is well documented with Sanskrit and general index. This book is definitely a valuable contribution to the Vedic mythology. Contents: Introduction Vedic Conceptions of the World and Its Origin The Vedic Gods Mythical Priests and Heroes Animals and Inanimate Objects Demons and Fiends Eschatology Arthur Anthony Macdonell, M.A., Ph.D. (1854-1930), of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was Boden Professor of Sanskrit and Fellow of Balliol.
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Page 177 - and similar groups the divine character is combined with that of ancient priests. Cosmical actions like those of the gods are sometimes attributed to the Fathers. Thus they are said to have adorned the sky with stars and 'placed darkness in the night and light in the day