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Handbook of Hindu Mythology

Author : George M. Williams
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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., Brahm�, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedas), secular epics (including the R�m�yana and the Mah�bh�rata), 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.

A Hand book of Hindu Mythology and Philosophy

Author : W. Munro Taylor
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Mythology Set Handbook of Japanese Mythology Handbook of Native American Mythology Handbook of Hindu Mythology Handbook of Chinese Mythology

Author : Oxford Univ Pr
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The Myths and Gods of India

Author : Alain Daniélou
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Examines the significance of the most prominent Hindu deities and discusses the philosophy of polytheism and the representation and worship of the deities

Myth Mithya

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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A Decoding Of Hindu Mythology Hindus Have One God. They Also Have 330 Million Gods: Male Gods, Female Gods, Personal Gods, Family Gods, Household Gods, Village Gods, Gods Of Space And Time, Gods For Specific Castes And Particular Professions, Gods Who Reside In Trees, In Animals, In Minerals, In Geometrical Patterns And In Man-Made Objects. Then There Are A Whole Host Of Demons. But No Devil. In This Groundbreaking Book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, One Of India S Most Popular Mythologists, Seeks An Answer To These Apparent Paradoxes And Unravels An Inherited Truth About Life And Death, Nature And Culture, Perfection And Possibility. He Retells Sacred Hindu Stories And Decodes Hindu Symbols And Rituals, Using A Unique Style Of Commentary, Illustrations And Diagrams. We Discover Why The Villainous Kauravas Went To Heaven And The Virtuous Pandavas (All Except Yudhishtira) Were Sent To Hell; Why Rama Despite Abandoning The Innocent Sita Remains The Model King; Why The Blood-Drinking Kali Is Another Form Of The Milk-Giving Gauri; And Why Shiva Wrenched Off The Fifth Head Of Brahma. Constructed Over Generations, Hindu Myths Serve As Windows To The Soul, And Provide An Understanding Of The World Around Us. The Aim Is Not To Outgrow Myth, But To Be Enriched And Empowered By Its Ancient, Potent And Still Relevant Language.

Handbook of Classical Mythology

Author : William F Hansen
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An introduction to the mythological world of the Greeks and the Romans, combined with a chronology of myths and a dictionary of key characters, objects, and events. • A detailed timeline serves as a convenient "episode guide" chronicling events described in classical mythology • A comprehensive A–Z section offers a quick way to identify the gods, mortals, events, and objects that are key to specific myths

A Handbook of Sanskrit Literature

Author : George Small
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Handbook of World Mythology

Author : Alexander Stuart Murray
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This essential handbook on the mythology of the ancient past is quite possibly the finest, most authoritative single-volume narrative on Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Hindu, and Norse/Germanic myths. The author's incomparable scholarship and his animated, personable style make this an indispensable companion for students and other interested readers. 200 illustrations. 28 unnumbered plates.

Handbook of Hindu Gods Goddesses and Saints

Author : H. Daniel Smith
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Weapons of the Gods

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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We are told to follow the path of ahimsa (non-violence), but our devis and devatas are always ready for war. What is the reason for this? How does Shiva hold space and time in the same hands in which he holds his bow Pinak? Who made all these weapons? And what do our scriptures say about using weapons for mass destruction? Devdutt explores the dramatic, fantastic weapons of the gods. From Indra’s Vajra made of bones of a sage, to the bow of Kama, made of sugarcane, butterflies and bees with flowers for arrows, read all about the intricacies of ancient weaponry and their symbolic meaning in this short, sweet read from Devlok.

Handbook of Japanese Mythology

Author : Michael Ashkenazi
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An introductory guide to the mythology of Japan—one of the most pervasive yet least understood facets of Japanese culture.

Yoga Mythology 64 Asanas and Their Stories

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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The popular names of many yogic asanas - from Virbhadra-asana and Hanuman-asana to Matsyendra-asana, Kurma-asana and Ananta-asana - are based on characters and personages from Indian mythology. Who were these mythological characters, what were their stories, and how are they connected to yogic postures? Devdutt Pattanaik's newest book Yoga Mythology (co-written with international yoga practitioner Matt Rulli) retells the fascinating tales from Hindu, Buddhist and Jain lore that lie behind the yogic asanas the world knows so well; in the process he draws attention to an Indic worldview based on the concepts of eternity, rebirth, liberation and empathy that has nurtured yoga for thousands of years.

Handbook of Research on Social and Cultural Dynamics in Indian Cinema

Author : Biswal, Santosh Kumar
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Cinema in India is an entertainment medium that is interwoven into society and culture at large. It is clearly evident that continuous struggle and conflict at the personal as well as societal levels is depicted in cinema in India. It has become a reflection of society both in negative and positive ways. Hence, cinema has become an influential factor and one of the largest mass communication mediums in the nation. Social and Cultural Dynamics in Indian Cinema is an essential reference source that discusses cultural and societal issues including caste, gender, oppression, and social movements through cinema and particularly in specific language cinema and culture. Featuring research on topics such as Bollywood, film studies, and gender equality, this book is ideally designed for researchers, academicians, film studies students, and industry professionals seeking coverage on various aspects of regional cinema in India.

The Book of Ram

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife. He is maryada purushottam Ram, the supreme upholder of social values, the scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life. Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram’s name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity. Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.

Shakti

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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The three devis are forms of Shakti and consorts of the three gods—but aren’t the Tridevi superior to the Trimurti? Did the Devi come before the Bhagvan, or after? Can it be true that without Shakti, Shiva is dead? Finding the feminism in spirituality, Devdutt shows us the intrinsic balance built into Hindu scripture and culture through our goddesses. Annapurna shows Shiva that no matter how ascetic, even sages need food to eat, and that there is greatness in feeding the hungry. Durga showed Shiva that a monster that cannot be killed by a deva or asura might be killed by a woman instead. Saraswati and Laxmi—knowledge and wealth—are the fruit of labour, born of desire. Find out more about an ancient tradition of venerating the female in a natural equality in this short and sweet read from Devlok.

Handbook of Universal Literature

Author : Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta
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Handbook on Rajputs

Author : A. H. Bingley
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25 cm., 2 maps: Rajputs (India), Ethnology

Handbook of Universal Literature from the Best and Latest Authorities

Author : Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta
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Everything You Need To Know About The Gita

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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How did the Gita become the most important granth of the Hindu tradition? How old is it in our culture? What role did the British play in making it famous and why? What is the essence of the Gita? Devdutt encapsulates the meaning of one of Hinduism’s greatest texts in an accessible, understandable and profoundly compassionate way. He brings to life the ageless comfort of Krishna’s sayings: whatever is meant to happen will happen. Don’t expect to be perfect. You cannot blame anyone else for what will happen to you. He showcases the wisdom of the ages with beautiful simplicity and emotional grace. Find out more about this exquisite text in this short, sweet read from Devlok.

A Boon and a Curse

Author : Devdutt Pattanaik
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Every karma is a seed and every action has a reaction – and sometimes, a boon or a curse. Can an action ever be completely bad or good? Why do rishis curse so much? Can the gods be cursed? Which is the most intelligent curse? Are there only two choices? Or can there be a point between good and bad, vardaan and shraap, punya and paap. Once a curse or boon has been offered, can it ever be taken back? Filled with stories of famous curses and amusing anecdotes, this explores the notion of being a good person, but also deciding the goodness or lack thereof in another. Find out about the many facets of karma and ethics in this short, sweet read from Devlok.