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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Hindu Myths by Anonymous. Wenvy Sourcebook by Anonymous. Wendy Doniger Goodreads Author Contributor. 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.
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 boars, buffalo, serpents and monkeys.
Immensely varied and bursting with colour and life, they demonstrate the Hindu belief in the limitless possibilities of the world – nyths the teeming miracles of creation to the origins of the incarnation of Death who eventually touches them all. Paperbackpages. Published June 24th by Penguin Classics first published September 30th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Hindu Mythsplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
Sep 18, Charlie rated it did not like it Shelves: There’s one story in here that I like, in which a lady is told that her son Krishna has consumed some dirt; she asks Ddoniger if this is true, and he denies it, saying that donige can look inside his mouth for proof. The mother looks in her son’s mouth and discovers that everything in the universe is in there. She saw within the body of her son, in his gaping mouth, the wehdy universe in all its variety, with all the forms of life and time and nature and action and hopes, and her own village, donige herself”.
Unfortunately, this is really the only good part in here. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but it seems that if this collection of myths is anything to go off of Hinduism has its roots deep in sexual violence and misogyny. 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.
It is really disturbing. Also disturbing is the way that the myths seem to excuse this behaviour. 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 donigef, began to stir men up. Basically, there’s a lot of self-entitlement and patriarchy, and it’s creepy. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.
Jan 08, Jesse rated it it was amazing. 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. This important understanding of human consciousness has led to the most enthralling and immersive myths of any pantheon. Like most mythologies, Gods turn into other gods who turn into people, animals, plants, geography, elements And they have sex.
Have you seen Max Fleischer cartoons? 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. Now, have you seen other imaginative cartoons? You know how you say to yourself, it lacks that freedom of movement that the MGM studios cartoons had in the ’30s? Other mythologies compare to Hinduism’s like that. Truly, flowing fantasy at its finest, get to know the infinity of Atman today!
Jul 30, David Mcdowell added it. I feel much more learned about Hindu culture which was the aim of the exercise.
Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit with an Introduction
The author is certainly very thorough and very scholarly. These myths are not told in a fairy story kind of way but are instead academic translations of the original source material – hence they are flowery and twistingwith idiosyncratic naming and heavy subtext.
I feel that despite this it provides dkniger good insight into the Hindu religion.
Aug 27, Zachariah Sullivan rated it it was ok. Possibly too content-heavy to be a wenry mythology book. Read more like a textbook than prose. I feel I have a slightly better understanding of Hindu myths, but would not recommend the book.
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Jun 23, Hanskrishna rated it it was amazing. Another very excellent book on Hindu mythology. The contents would be somewhat confusing and contradictory to those unfamiliar with Hindu mythology but a rich collection of lore to those who know.
Jun 09, Curious Reader rated it did not like it Shelves: This wasn’t something expected. Feb 21, Miriam rated it it was ok Shelves: Surprisingly more cum and less creativity. Whilst there is some beautiful imagery and new philosophical concepts within many of these stories, there is equally a great deal of misogyny.
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. The introduction and notes provide a good insight into understanding and contextualising some of the complexities including some of the Sans Surprisingly more cum and less creativity. 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.
Jul 07, Nikhil rated it liked it Shelves: This book has problems with it: It is not a description of the beliefs and myths of people who would have identified are can be identified as Hindus.
Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook by Anonymous
This is clear by the fact that many of the myths concern Brahmins attempting to explain or coopt competing religious beliefs e. By only focusing on these texts, this work reifies Brahmin’s problematic claims as being stewards of Hinduism. I am broadly familiar with the Hindu pantheon and the corpus of Hindu myths yet I struggled in many places to follow along. In particular, most of the Vedic myths were indecipherable.
At other points the author refers to religious pratices that existed alongside Brahmanism e. Mother Goddess worship, tantra, etc.
The translator favored precision in translation over meter and rhyme, making the texts unwieldy and difficult to enjoy. Moreover, in many of the myths the translations choose words in English, doniyer while precise, have a medical context.
For example, many myths refer to embryos. I doubt that people in ancient times had a concept of an embryo independent of that of an unborn child. However, nyths 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. The myth cycles of Rama and Krishna, yindu well known, were very sparse.
Between 2 and 3 of the avatars of Vishnu had no myths hindj all. The myths of the Devi were few. Myths from more heterodox traditions e. All of these would have added to a richer exploration of Hindu myths and beliefs and may even have forced attention away from the monopoly Brahmins held on Sanskrit texts.
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.
Dear Hindu mythology, You are best! Jan 08, Hindy rated it liked it Shelves: I guess the older themyth the more distanced from our culture and harder to grasp. Aug 23, Vishakh Thomas rated it really liked it. Good as a reference to the general evolution of certain popular myths. Certainly not an in-depth exploration. Very good translation – easy to read and understand.
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