ISBN 9780195332612,Handbook of Hindu Mythology

Handbook of Hindu Mythology



Oxford University Press

Publication Year 2003

ISBN 9780195332612

ISBN-10 019533261X


Number of Pages 392 Pages
Language (English)

Religion: general

Unlike many other ancient mythologies, Hinduism thrives in the modern world. One billion followers and countless others have been captivated by its symbolic representation 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, spiritual verses, secular epics, 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.