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Handbook of Hindu mythology

Author: George M Williams
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Series: Handbooks of world mythology.
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From the Publisher: Unlike many other ancient mythologies, Hinduism thrives in the modern world. One billion followers and countless others have been captivated by its symbolic representations of love, karma, and reincarnation. Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers an informative introduction to this dauntingly complex mythology of multifaceted deities, lengthy heroic tales, and arcane philosophies-all with a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Sacred books
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George M Williams
ISBN: 9780195332612 019533261X
OCLC Number: 124166483
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, ©2003.
Description: xx, 372 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Preface --
1: Introduction --
Living power of Hindu mythology --
Mythic identities --
Alive within Hindu myths --
Hindu worldviews --
Historical contexts of Hindu myths --
Pre-Aryan period (c 2500-1700 BCE, Indus Valley or Dravidian civilization) --
Vedic or Samhita period (c 1500-900 BCE, Aryan civilization) --
Brahmanical and Aranyaka period (c 900-c 600 BCE) --
Upanishadic period (c 900-c 600 BCE) --
Epic period (c 400 BCE-c 400 CE) --
Puranic period (c 300-800 CE) --
Tantric period (c 900-c 1600) --
Modern period --
Sources: Oral tradition, texts, scriptures-and modernity --
Myth cycles, perspectives, and communities --
Understanding mythically --
Literalistic --
Sectarian --
Pan-Indian --
Reformed --
Hindu mythology's contribution to world mythology --
Hindu mythic themes: universal --
Cosmogony, theogony, and anthropogony --
Cosmology --
Theogony and theology --
Theomachy --
Anthropogony --
Mythic themes: specific --
Dharma --
Karma --
Samsara or transmigration --
Kala --
Cosmogonic return to the one --
Renunciation, sacrifice, and magic --
Maya as illusion --
Notes. 2: Mythic Time, Space, And Causality --
Mythic time --
Additional systems and units of time --
Desa (Space) --
Nimitta (Causality) --
3: Characters, Themes, And Concepts --
Adi --
Adi-Kurma --
Aditi --
Aditya (Adityas) --
Agastya (Agasti) --
Agni --
Ahalya --
Airavata --
Ambarisha --
Amrita --
Ananta --
Anasuya --
Andhaka, Andhak --
Angiras --
Ani-Mandavya --
Anjana --
Apsara, Apsaras --
Ara --
Arayanna --
Arishta --
Arishtha (Arishthaka) --
Arjuna --
Aruna --
Ashthavakra --
Asikni --
Astika --
Asura --
Asva-Medha --
Asvatthaman (Asvatthama) --
Asvins (Asvini-Devas) --
Atibala --
Atri --
Aum --
Aurva --
Avatara --
Ayodhya --
Bala --
Bala-Rama (Balarama, Balabhadra-Rama) --
Bali --
Bali --
Bhadraka --
Bhadrakali --
Bhaga --
Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavadgita --
Bhagavata Purana --
Bhagavati --
Bhagiratha --
Bhairava --
Bhairavi --
Bhakti --
Bharadvaja --
Bharata --
Bhima --
Bhrigu --
Bhumi --
Brahma --
Brahmacarin, Brahmacarya --
Brahman --
Brahmanas --
Brahmanda --
Brahmin (also brahmana and brahman) --
Brihaspati --
Buddha --
Cancalakshmi --
Canda and Munda --
Candaka --
Candika --
Candra --
Candrangada --
Candrasharman --
Catur-Mukha-Linga --
Catur-Varna (Caturvarnyam) --
Chaya --
Ciranjivi, Ciranjivin --
Citraketu --
Citralekha --
Citrangada --
Citraratha --
Citrasena --
Cudala --
Cyavana --
Dadhici or Dadhica --
Dakinis --
Daksha --
Dalbhya --
Damayanti --
Dasaratha --
Dattatreya --
Deva (Devas); Devi (Devis) --
Devaki --
Devakulya --
Devasena --
Devayani --
Devi --
Dhanvantari --
Dharma --
Dhritarashtra --
Dhruva --
Dirghatamas --
Draupadi --
Drona --
Durga --
Durvasa --
Duryadhana --
Dushyanta --
Ekalavya --
Ekavira --
Ganapati --
Gandaki --
Gandhari --
Gandharva, Gandharvas --
Gandiva --
Ganesa --
Ganga --
Garuda --
Gautama --
Gavijata --
Ghanta-Karna, (Ghantakanta) --
Ghatotkaca --
Ghosha --
Ghritaci --
Gotama --
Gunasharman --
Halahala --
Hamsa, Hansa --
Hanuman --
Hara --
Hari --
Haridhama --
Harimitra --
Hariscandra --
Haritasva --
Harivamsa --
Havyaghna --
Hayagriva --
Hemakanta --
Hemamali --
Hiranyagarbha --
Hiranyahasta --
Hiranyakasipu --
Hiranyaksha. Ida --
Ila --
Indra --
Indradyumna --
Indrani --
Isvara --
Jada --
Jahnu --
Jajali --
Jamadagni --
Jambavan, Jambavat --
Jambha --
Jambu --
Jambuka (Jambumalika) --
Janaka --
Janamejaya --
Jara (Jaras) --
Jarasandha --
Jatayu --
Jatila --
Jaya --
Ka --
Kabandha --
Kaca --
Kaikeyi --
Kailasa --
Kaitabha --
Kakshasena --
Kakshivan --
Kakshivatasuta --
Kala --
Kalanemi --
Kalavati --
Kali --
Kali --
Kalindi --
Kalipriya --
Kaliya --
Kalki, Kalkin --
Kalmashapada --
Kama --
Kamadhenu --
Kamsa, Kansa --
Kandu --
Kanva --
Kapila --
Karma, Karman --
Karna --
Karttikeya. Kashyapa --
Kauthumi --
Ketu --
Krishna --
Krittikas --
Kshiroda-Mathana --
Kubera --
Kubja --
Kucela --
Kumbhakarna --
Kunti --
Kurma --
Kurukshetra --
Lakshmana --
Lakshmi --
Lanka --
Lanka-Lakshmi --
Likhita --
Lilavati --
Linga, Lingam --
Madri, Madravati --
Magic, blessings, cursings --
Mahabharata --
Mahadeva --
Mahameru --
Mahisha (Mahishasura) --
Mainaka --
Maitra-Varuna --
Maitreyi --
Malini --
Manasa-Putra (Manasa-Putra) --
Mandakarni (also Shatakarni) --
Mandodari --
Mangala --
Manthara --
Mantra --
Manu, Manus --
Manvantara --
Marici --
Markandeya --
Marutas (Maruts) --
Matsya --
Maya --
Maya --
Mitra --
Mohini --
Murukan --
Naciketas, Naciketa --
Naga, Nagas --
Nahusha --
Nakula --
Nala --
Nalakubera --
Nandi, Nandin --
Nara --
Narada --
Naraka (Narakasura) --
Narasimha --
Narayana --
Om (or Aum) --
Pancakanya --
Pandavas --
Pandu --
Parasara --
Parasu-Rama --
Parikshit --
Parvati --
Pashupati, Pashupata --
Pitris, Pitaras --
Prahlada --
Prajapati (Prajapatis) --
Prakriti --
Pralaya --
Prana (Pranas) --
Puranas --
Purusha --
Pushan --
Radha --
Rahu --
Rakshasa --
Rama --
Ramayana --
Ravana --
Renuka --
Rigveda --
Rishi --
Rishyashringa. Rita --
Rudra --
Rudras --
Rukmini --
Sabari (Shabari) --
Sakti (Shakti) --
Sakuntala (Shakuntala) --
Samjna --
Samnyasin, Samnyasa --
Samsara --
Sanjaya --
Sapta-Matris --
Sapta-Matrikas --
Sapta-Nagas --
Sapta-Rishis --
Sarasvati --
Sastras (Shastras) --
Sati --
Satyavati --
Savitri --
Siddhi, Siddhis --
Sikhandi (Shikhandi) --
Sisupala (Shishupala) --
Sita --
Siva (Shiva) --
Skanda --
Soma --
Subrahmanya --
Suddhi --
Sukra --
Surya --
Takshaka --
Taladhvaja --
Tantra, Tantrism --
Tapa --
Tapas --
Tara --
Tilottama --
Tirtha-yatra --
Trita --
Tvashthri --
Uma --
Upanishad --
Urvashi --
Usha --
Ushas --
Vac --
Vadhrimati --
Vaikuntha --
Vaivasvata Manu --
Valmiki --
Vamana --
Varaha --
Varna --
Varuna --
Vasuki --
Vayu --
Vedas --
Vishnu --
Visvakarman (Vishvakarman) --
Visvamitra (Visvamitra) --
Vrindavana --
Vritra --
Vyasa --
Yajna --
Yama --
Yamuna --
Yoga, Yogas --
Yuvanashva. 4: Selected Print And Nonprint Resources --
Print resources --
Encyclopedias and dictionaries --
Hindu mythology (and Hindu theology) --
Hinduism --
Texts in translation --
History --
Material culture: art, architecture --
Selected nonprint resources --
Video and film --
CD-ROM and DVD --
Web sites on Hindu mythology --
Spelling --
Commercial vs scholarly sites --
Online Sanskrit dictionaries --
South Asian WWW virtual library --
Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative (ECAI) --
Wabash Center Internet Guide: Hinduism --
American Academy of Religion syllabus initiative --
Miscellaneous sites (largely personal and commercial) --
Glossary --
Index --
About the author.
Series Title: Handbooks of world mythology.
Responsibility: George M. Williams.

Abstract:

From the Publisher: Unlike many other ancient mythologies, Hinduism thrives in the modern world. One billion followers and countless others have been captivated by its symbolic representations of love, karma, and reincarnation. Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers an informative introduction to this dauntingly complex mythology of multifaceted deities, lengthy heroic tales, and arcane philosophies-all with a 3,000-year history of reinterpretations and adaptations. Williams offers a number of pathways by which to approach Hinduism's ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahma, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedas), secular epics (including the Ramayana and the Mahabharata), 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 reference work. 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. Including annotated bibliographies, a glossary of cultural and mythological terms, and numerous illustrations, here is a gold mine of information on Hindu mythology.
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