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Handbook of Hindu mythology /
George M. Williams.
imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2003.
description
xx, 372 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
ISBN
1576071065 (alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2003.
isbn
1576071065 (alk. paper)
catalogue key
5302660
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-333) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2004-02-01:
Williams (Univ. of California, Chico) here profiles the cast of characters, locations, themes, and core meanings of Hindu mythology. He has spent nearly three decades studying and writing on religion in modern Asia, and his work defines the cultural context of Hindu myth throughout the ages and explains what is required of devotees. Divided into four major sections, this compelling academic account covers all aspects of this major world religion. Entries include geographic, historic, scriptural, and biographic references (e.g., Ravana, Kala, and Suddhi). After an excellent introduction, the author evaluates mythic time, space, characters, and themes, before closing with an extensive bibliographic essay reviewing available print and nonprint resources (including web sites). The rituals and ascetic myths are arranged alphabetically and identified within their cultural context. Part of the "Handbooks of World Mythology" series, this elegantly crafted work is designed for the general reader and will be a reliable reference standard for all library collections.-Richard K. Burns, MSLS, Hatboro, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2004-05-01:
Both Iyengar and Williams treat Hindu mythology as an evolving phenomenon and chart changes in conceptions of the deities. It is a credit to both that Hindu mythology is successfully depicted as a living tradition rather than a fossilized remnant of the past. Iyengar covers a greater number of deities than Williams, with entries that link deities to specific texts, at times quoting at length, providing not only information about a deity but a glimpse into associated poetic traditions. The strengths of Iyengar's book are its breadth of coverage and the depth of the individual entries; its weaknesses are redressed by Williams. Iyengar's index lists Sanskrit names but lacks cross-references, making it inaccessible to beginners. Unlike Williams, who also covers themes, concepts, and texts, Iyengar assumes a background in these matters. Most importantly, Iyengar obscures the tension between the brahmanical "orthoprax" and various "heteroprax" traditions. The entry for KalI, for example, condemns heteroprax without explaining the history of conflict and co-optation between the traditions. Williams explicitly discusses the tension between these currents in Hindu thought and practice, conveying both elite and folk practices. Besides covering mythological figures, Williams includes essays on time, space, and the Indian conception of causality, and appends an excellent annotated bibliography, a glossary of Sanskrit words, and a cross-referenced index. Finally, Williams's introduction is an extraordinary piece that should be recommended to any student first approaching Hindu mythology. It analyzes the historical context of the mythic traditions and the ways Hindus approach mythology and introduces general mythological concepts (e.g., anthropogony, theomachy) and specific Hindu concepts that are central to Hindu myths (e.g., dharma, maya). Williams is recommended without reservation to all libraries, Iyengar for institutions that support high-level scholarship in Indian religion or culture. ^BSumming Up: Williams, highly recommended; general and academic readers. Iyengar, recommended; graduate students and faculty. G. J. Reece American University
Reviews
Review Quotes
"...this elegantly crafted work is designed for the general reader and will be a reliable reference standard for all library collections." – Library Journal
"This handbook will be helpful to the novice in Hindu mythology...accessible to the general reader." – American Reference Books Annual
"Williams has compiled a learned text based on sound knowledge of the Hindu religion. His methodical coverage of variant spellings, pronunciation, and capitalization in the preface is a valuable guide to writers and researchers...Overall, the handbook is a prize catch for public, church, temple, school, and college libraries." – Booklist
"Williams's introduction is an extraordinary piece that should be recommended to any student first approaching Hindu mythology...recommended without reservation to all libraries...highly recommended; general and academic readers." – Choice
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Summaries
Description for Reader
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 AZ section with entries on major deities, characters, themes, rituals, and beliefs of Hinduism in cultural context
Description for Reader
* Reveals the continuities, elaborations, and changes to individual Hindu myths across more than three millennia * Looks at the connections between the structure of myth cycles and Indian storytelling and music traditions * Connects Hindu myths with iconography, drama, film, and the Internet
Description for Reader
Reveals the continuities, elaborations, and changes to individual Hindu myths across more than three millennia Looks at the connections between the structure of myth cycles and Indian storytelling and music traditions Connects Hindu myths with iconography, drama, film, and the Internet
Long Description
Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers a number of pathways by which to approach HinduisM&Apos;s ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahm, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedaS≪/I>), secular epics (including the Rmyana and the Mahbhrata), 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 dictionary section. 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.
Long Description
Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers a number of pathways by which to approach Hinduism's ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahm0, Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedas), secular epics (including the R0m0yana and the Mah0bh0rata), 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 dictionary section. 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.
Long Description
Handbook of Hindu Mythology 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 dictionary section. 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.
Main Description
A guide to Hinduism through the ages, offering readers an accessible way of exploring its complex deities, mythological characters, and ideas.
Long Description
Handbook of Hindu Mythology 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 dictionary section. 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.
Long Description
Handbook of Hindu Mythology offers a number of pathways by which to approach HinduisM&Apos;s ever-changing gods and goddesses (e.g., Brahm', Vishnu, Siva), spiritual verses (such as the vedaS≪/I>), 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 dictionary section. 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.
Table of Contents
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Mythic Time, Space, and Causalityp. 35
Characters, Themes, and Conceptsp. 45
Selected Print and Nonprint Resourcesp. 311
Glossaryp. 335
Indexp. 343
About the Authorp. 373
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