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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The author shows conclusively that the mythology of tribal societies and the Puranas deal with this question extensively.

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Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook

Myths from more heterodox traditions e. Want to Read saving…. Past Presidents of the AAR”. Doniger has written 16 books, translated primarily from Sanskrit to English with commentary nine other volumes, has contributed to many edited texts and has written hundreds of articles in journals, magazines and newspapers. Retrieved from ” https: Preview — Hindu Myths by Anonymous. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Wendy Doniger at Shimer College in Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. On the whole, this is neither a serious sendy for students of Indian history, hinduu for those with a critical eye on ‘religious history’ of India, nor indeed it is the real Alternative History of the ‘Hindus’. And they have sex. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The author is certainly very thorough and very scholarly.

Possibly too content-heavy to be a ‘beginners’ mythology book. The Mahabharata, for instance, talks of the creation of women “in order wemdy delude mankind”; and how, once they were created, “those wanton women, lusting wedy sensual pleasures, began to stir men up.


I still prescribe it as the most essential reading to my postgraduate students at the University of Delhi, where I have been teaching a compulsory course on ‘Evolution of Indian Religions’ for the last nearly four decades.

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Jun 09, Curious Reader rated it did not like it Shelves: O’Flaherty has, in her present translation, a wider scope than other scholars — Louis Renou, for instance, whose Hymnes speculatifs du Veda are a model of accuracy — who prefer to limit their choice to one thematic set of hymns. Griffin – – The Classical Review 41 Immensely varied and bursting with colour and life, they demonstrate the Hindu belief in the limitless possibilities of the world – from the teeming miracles of creation to the origins of the incarnation of Death who eventually touches them all.

Marr was disappointed that mjths “regionalism” so characteristic of the texts is absent in Doniger’s book, and wondered why the discussion took so long. Aug 27, Zachariah Sullivan rated it it was ok.

Doniger is a scholar of Sanskrit and Indian textual traditions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Other mythologies compare to Hinduism’s like that. For example, many myths refer to embryos.

Lockwood Arthur F. Split-Level Symbolism in Hindu Art”. 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.


Peter Duus Charles F. Ward George T. She saw within the body of her son, in his gaping mouth, the whole universe in all its variety, with all the forms of life and time and nature and action and hopes, and her own village, and herself”. Tales of Sex and Masquerade]”. 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 Krishna if this is true, and he denies it, saying that she can look inside his mouth for proof.

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. An Anthology, Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit.

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

I feel that despite this it provides a good insight into the Hindu religion. Mother Goddess worship, tantra, etc. Harlan, who noted as part of a positive review that “Doniger’s agenda is her desire to rescue the comparative project from the jaws of certain proponents of postmodernism “. Beginning in the early s, a disagreement arose within the Hindu community over whether Doniger accurately described Hindu traditions. Another very excellent book on Hindu mythology.