WENDY DONIGER was born in New York in and trained as a dancer under Shiva: The Erotic Ascetic; The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology; Women. Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty (born November 20, ) is an American Indologist whose professional career has spanned five decades. A scholar of Sanskrit and Indian textual traditions, her major works include, Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva; Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook; The Origins. Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit. Front Cover. Wendy Doniger. Penguin Books Limited, Jun 24, – Fiction – pages.

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These concern terminologies and chronologies invoked, perfunctory manner in which class-caste struggles have been referred to — almost casually, complex inter-religious dialogue seen only in the context of Visnu’s avataras, and looking at the tantras merely in terms of sex and political power. The myth cycles of Rama and Krishna, while well known, were very sparse.

Another very excellent book on Hindu mythology.

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The Dharma of Demons. In particular, most of the Vedic myths were indecipherable.

Hall Rupert Emerson Felix M. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths myfhs 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 boa 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. Doniger acknowledges that the book was not meant to be as long as it turned out to be, “but it got myyhs bit between its teeth, and ran away from me” p.


Going into detail on the drinking and other vices of the Mughal emperors, even though carefully documented, is a case in point pp. The Mahabharata, for instance, talks of the creation of women “in order to delude mankind”; and how, once they were created, “those wanton women, lusting for sensual pleasures, began to stir men up. Smith Stanley J. Buddhism in Philosophy of Religion. Feb 21, Miriam rated it it was ok Shelves: Association for Asian Studies.

Translated with an Introduction by Rex Warner. However, by choosing to use the word embryo the translator makes reading the myths more difficult — the reader is forced to accept that these ancient authors had simultaneously precise but errneous ideas of human reproduction.

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Lockwood Arthur F. While in high school, she studied dance under George Balanchine and Martha Graham. Echols Richard L.

Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook by Anonymous

I feel much more learned about Hindu culture which was the aim of the exercise. She has got my interest in mythology back and after this book, I definitely am going to shout out to anyone that it has always been mythology through and through when they ask me what genre of books I love reading.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jul 07, Nikhil rated it liked it Shelves: I doubt that people in ancient times had a concept of an embryo independent of that of an unborn child.

Now, have you seen Hinduism’s central epiphany seems to be the role the imagination plays in personal vision, and the way human beings are fulfilled only by creative work. Sanskrit literatureHinduismMythologyHistory of Religions. The introduction and notes provide a good insight into understanding and contextualising some of the complexities including some of the Sanskrit puns which is cool but there really is a lot to take in and on reflection I probably would have rather read an abridged version.


A Verse Translation with an Introduction and Notes. Translated with an Introduction by Donier J. The contents would be somewhat confusing and contradictory to those unfamiliar with Hindu mythology but a rich collection of lore to those who know. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 27, Zachariah Sullivan rated it it was ok. In other projects Wikiquote. Jun 23, Hanskrishna rated it it was amazing.

Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit with an Introduction

The mythology is also quite hard to follow, this is not necessarily a flaw, but the intense amount of new names and concepts were hard to grasp for someone new to Hinduism. Moreover, in many of the myths the translations choose words in English, that while precise, have a medical context. Lambert Ping-ti Ho Marius B. This important understanding of human consciousness has led to the most enthralling and immersive myths of any pantheon.

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Wright Knight Biggerstaff Karl J. Read more like a textbook than prose. Doniger commands an unbelievably vast array of comparable material, often, though not always, from American popular culture. Published June 24th by Penguin Classics first published September 30th Trivia About Hindu Myths: Between 2 and 3 of the avatars of Vishnu had no myths at all. Kahin Richard D.

The authorial translations from the Hindu and Pali texts are refreshing