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Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists

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Gathered together in a single volume, here are the most important stories of Indian mythology, taken mainly from the epic poems the Mahabharata & the Ramayana, with additional tales from the purana & vedas from assorted narratives of Krishna, Buddha & Shiva. The stories range from the initial stages of mythos to the final, mature state. Includes 32 illustration ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published June 1st 1967 by Dover Publications (NYC) (first published 1913)
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Harish Challapalli
Aug 12, 2011 Harish Challapalli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: none
Shelves: mythology, religious
A big book of errors!! I suggest not to read this book!! I am shocked that RK math is promoting a book like this!! No. Of errors are less but they are unexcusable errors!!

I request the publishers to correct those and reprint!!
Betty Ho
Mar 24, 2015 Betty Ho rated it liked it
It's always fun to learn about the legends and myths of different religions - these stories breeze new life into the temples and monuments which are otherwise just a bunch of beautiful architecture to those non-believer such as myself.

This books collect most legends of Hinduism and Buddhism, including the must-read epics - the Mahabharat and Ramayana. It also tries to explain the meaning behind each stories.

However, sometimes I found it quite hard to follow as it keeps changing the names of God
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William Schram
Feb 12, 2016 William Schram rated it it was amazing
A wonderful series of stories about Indian deities in general. It talks about the cosmology and noble gods and goddesses and other such things. Some of the scenes and events would make a fantastic movie or series of movies. For instance, when Haruman the Monkey God tries to find Sita, the wife of Rama and the adventures he goes on are really cool. It would be a pretty hard R if it turned out the way I imagined it. There is so much gore and Monkey Death.

I would read this again, since it was quite
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Sarah
Jan 17, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tried to read this but didn't get beyond 1st chapter.

Quite confusing and I couldn't quite follow what the author was going on about.

There must be a better book that describes the Hindu texts and Buddhist philosophy??
Gordon
Jun 14, 2013 Gordon rated it liked it
An eye-opener in college that I probably should, but won't, go back to.
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I only had to read to page 322 for my class. So I'm putting it as read. I would like to say I enjoyed it, but I found it rather hard to get into.
Liam
Aug 23, 2009 Liam rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
One of the required readings in Comp Lit 108: Comparative Mythology at Penn State.
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Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West. In particular, he is described as "the groundbreaking theorist who was largely responsible for introducing ancient Indian art to the West." (Wikipedia)
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