It may be conceded at once that we must not expect to find in the earliest mythology any traces of the building of stone temples . The Rig - veda , for
example , belongs to an earlier stage than that of temple building and of temple
Author: J. Rendel Harris
Publisher: CUP Archive
Category: Social Science
Excerpt from The Dioscuri in the Christian Legends We must not search for the stonecutter in that direction. Suppose, however, that we divide the word in another way. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
On pre-Upanisadic Vedic religion as a whole, see Jan Gonda's Vedic Literature:
Samhitds and Brahmanas ... Arthur A. Macdonell's Vedic Mythology (1897; reprint
, New York, 1974), for the classic account of Vedic myth; and R. Gordon ...
Author: Joseph Kitagawa
Category: Social Science
This essential student textbook consists of seventeen sections, all written by leading scholars in their different fields. They cover all the religious traditions of Southwest Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Tibet, and East Asia. The major traditions that are described and discussed are (from the Southwest) Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Islam, and (from the East) Taoism, Confucianism and Shinto. In addition, the tradition of Bon in Tibet, the shamanistic religions of Inner Asia, and general Chinese, Korean and Japanese religion are also given full coverage. The emphasis throughout is on clear description and analysis, rather than evaluation. Ten maps are provided to add to the usefulness of this book, which has its origin in the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Religion, edited by Mircea Eliade of the University of Chicago.
Too advanced for many, this study analyzes the foundations and development of
Indian mythology, culture, history, ... Vedic Mythology. 1898 ... A reprint of a work
from a venerable Sanskritist that is still useful, though dated. ... This is a classic.
Author: George Mason Williams
Category: Social Science
A guide to Hinduism through the ages, offering readers an accessible way of exploring its complex deities, mythological characters, and ideas. * A chronology of the mythological universe and the history of Hinduism, explaining the working and purpose of time and mythic time within the culture * An illustrated A–Z section with entries on major deities, characters, themes, rituals, and beliefs of Hinduism in cultural context
Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE.
Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Penguin UK
Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers and animals including boars, buffalo, serpents and monkeys. Immensely varied and bursting with colour and life, they demonstrate the Hindu belief in the limitless possibilities of the world - from the teeming miracles of creation to the origins of the incarnation of Death who eventually touches them all.
... Vision of the Vedic Poets ( The Hague , 1963 ) , for an account of the Vedic
poetic process ; Arthur A . Macdonell ' s Vedic Mythology ( 1897 ; reprint , New
York , 1974 ) , for the classic account of Vedic myth ; and R . Gordon Wasson ' s
Author: Mircea Eliade
Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA
A comprehensive guide to the history, beliefs, concepts, practices, and major figures of religions past and present.
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Author: A. Berriedale Keith
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Excerpt from The Mythology of All Races, Vol. 6 of 13: Indian; Iranian HE mythology Of India claims unique interest by virtue Of its unparalleled length Of life. It is true that not even the discoveries at Boghaz Ki render it prudent for us to place the Rgoeda at an earlier period than 1500 B. C., and in part at least that collection may come from three centuries later, so that as contrasted with the dates Of Egyptian and Babylonian records the earliest monument Of Aryan mythology is comparatively recent. In mass Of content and in value for mythology, however, these cannot compare with the Rgoeda. Of still more importance is the fact that from the period Of the Rgoeda to the present day, a Space Of some thirty-five hundred years, we have a mythology which is in constant but organic development. The high mythic systems Of Teuton, Celt, and Slav, Of Greek and Roman, have perished before the onslaught Of a loftier faith and survive in little else than folk-lore. In India, on the contrary, though foreign invasion has Often swept over the north-west Of the land, though Isl'am has annexed souls as well as territories, though Christianity (especially in the south) has contributed elements to the faith Of the people, still it remains true that the religion and the mythology Of the land are genuinely their own and for this reason have in them selves the constant potency Of fresh growth. Moreover, amidst the ceaseless change which is the heritage Of human things, there is relative stability in the Simpler thoughts Of the human mind, and as in many parts Of India the peasant still labours with the implements and in the mode Of his ancestors in periods far remote, 80 his mind frames the same hypotheses to account for those phenomena Of nature which in India more than else where determine irrevocably his weal or his woe. The rich variety Of the mythology, despite its attraction for the student Of the history of myths, renders the task Of concise exposition one Of peculiar difficulty. For the mythology Of the present day available material is enormous: each part Of the vast area Of India has its own abundant store Of myth and tradition, and to give detail for this period would be impossible. The same consideration applies with but Slightly lessened force for the earlier epochs: the Veda, the epics, the Paranas, the literature of the Buddhists and Of the Jains, each present data in lavish abundance. It has been necessary, therefore, to cir cumscribe narrowly the scope Of the subject by restricting the treatment to that mythology which stands in close connexion with religion and which conveys to us a conception Of the manner in which the Indian pictured to himself the origin Of the world and Of life, the destiny Of the universe and Of the souls Of man, the gods and the evil spirits who supported or menaced his existence. Gods and demons were very present to the mind Of the Indian then as they are today, and they are inextricably involved in innumerable stories Of folk-lore, Of fairy tale, and Of speculation as to the origin of institutions and customs. The task Of selecting such myths as will best illustrate the nature Of the powers Of good and evil is one in which we cannot hope for complete success; and the problem is rendered still more hard by the essential vagueness Of many Of the figures Of Indian mythology: the mysticism Of Indian concep tion tends ever to a pantheism alien to the clear-cut creations Of the Hellenic imagination. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com
Showing that the Vedas lent no support to image worship and various social
practices, he went further to assert that they ... Arthur A. Macdo- nell's Vedic Mythology (1897; reprint, New York, 1974), for the classic account of Vedic myth;
Author: Lindsay Jones
Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library
Among Library Journal's picks of the most important reference works of the millennium - with the Encyclopedia Judaica and the New Catholic Encyclopedia - Mircea Eliade's Encyclopedia of Religion won the American Library Associations' Dartmouth Medal in 1988 and is widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field. This second edition, which is intended to reflect both changes in academia and in the world since 1987, includes almost all of the 2,750 original entries - many heavily updated - as well as approximately 600 entirely new articles. Preserving the best of Eliade's cross-cultural approach, while emphasizing religion's role within everyday life and as a unique experience from culture to culture, this new edition is the definitive work in the field for the 21st century. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers. The result is an essential purchase for libraries of all kinds.
The Meridian hand - The 47 Book World entries are the First Arthurian Romance ;
a quest book of Classical Mythology . ... Vedic VAN BUITENEN , J . A . B . , ed .
and tr . with self - addressed stamped Mythology , Reprint of the 1897 ed .
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Author: Daniel G. Brinton
Publisher: Forgotten Books
Category: Social Science
Excerpt from Rig Veda Americanus, Vol. 8: Sacred Songs of the Ancient Mexicans, With a Gloss in Nahuatl As for my attempted translation of these mystic chants I offer it with the utmost reserve. It would be the height of temerity in me to pretend to have overcome difficulties which one so familiar with the ancient Na huatl as Father Sahagun intimated were beyond his powers. All that I hope to have achieved is, by the aid of the Gloss - and not always in conformity to its sug gestions - to give a general idea of the sense and pur port of the originals. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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The most valuable part of the paper , however , is the parallel between the
Teutonic myth and the Oriental and Classic myths , in ... In the Vedas , trees have
a large place . ... But the whole article is full of curious suggestion , and we hope
that it may be copied into some of our American publications which reprint the