Handbook of Hindu Mythology

Handbook of Hindu Mythology

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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 contemporashow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 680.39g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Large Print
  • 40 halftones & line illus.
  • 019533261X
  • 9780195332612
  • 336,256

About George M. Williams

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.show more

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