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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History of Western Philosophy. Peter Duus Charles F. In particular, most of the Vedic myths were indecipherable.

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

Past Presidents of the AAR”. Sign in Create an account. Griffin – – The Classical Review 41 Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty born November 20, is an American Indologist whose professional career has spanned five decades. Science Logic and Mathematics.

I feel that despite this it provides a good insight into the Hindu religion. I doubt that people in ancient times had a concept of an embryo independent of that of an unborn child. Return to Book Page. Very good translation – easy to read and understand.

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Chicago, IllinoisU. The authorial translations from the Hindu and Pali texts are refreshing Jul 30, David Mcdowell added it.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Zack rated it liked it Jan 07, This is a highly readable volume written with verve, sparkle and occasional light touches of decent humor. Richmond – – The Classical Review 25 Ann Julia rated it really liked it Jun 11, Books can be attributed to “Anonymous” for several reasons: Kyle rated it it was ok Nov 26, Even their creation myth starts with an act of sexual violence, and similar events occur throughout the stories compiled here, so that nearly all of the sexual contact mentioned in the stories is nonconsensual.


Yet they are regarded by the Hindus as a class of beigns by definition totally different from any other; they are symbols in a way that no human beign, however ‘archetypal’ his life story, can ever be. Request removal from index. O’Flaherty’s being one of them-are only partial. And they have sex. 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.

It was the beginning of series of extremely fruitful and provocative encounters with the formidable scholarship of Wendy Doniger. To ask other readers questions about Hindu Mythsplease sign up. 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.

Several pages are indeed filled with “good stories” that are only loosely, some very loosely, related to the history of the Hindu religion. Anglo-Hindu law was far more than “the British interpretation of Jones’s translation of Manu. 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 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.


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Unfortunately, this is really the only good part in here. This page was last edited on 28 Decemberat The author is certainly very thorough and very scholarly.

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The contents would be somewhat confusing and contradictory to those unfamiliar with Hindu mythology but a rich collection of lore to those who know. Mayuri rated it liked it Nov 13, Park Benjamin I.

Translated with an Introduction by Trevor J.

I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. In Februaryas part of settlement with plaintiff to a lawsuit brought before an Indian district court, The Hindus was recalled by Penguin India. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Theodore de Bary They are actors playing parts that are real only for us; they are masks behind which we see our own faces. Possibly too content-heavy to be a ‘beginners’ mythology book. Doniger’s trade book, The Hindus: I am neither an archaeologist nor an art historian; I am a Sanskritist, indeed a recovering Orientalist, of a generation that framed its study of Sanskrit with Latin and Greek rather than Urdu or Tamil.