A beautiful introductory dictionary of Hindu mythological terms for general readers. -- Choice, G.J. Reece, May 2003
Offers brief alphabetical entries on all aspects of Hindu history, belief, and practice. -- Publishers Weekly--This text refers to the
About the Author
Anna L. Dallapiccola is Honorary Professor of Indian Art at The University of Edinburgh. She is Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and of the American Oriental Society, and the author of numerous publications.
Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (Paperback) by Anna L. Dallapiccola.
Mine was the last available copy at a well-known major Midwestern art institute. I am so glad that I purchased it. I have read, in random order mostly, about 85% of this 224 page beauty. I grew up till my 20th year in a very orthodox and liberal Hindu family. Most of what I heard was "dos" and "don'ts." Adsorption, rather than critical learning, was expected and encouraged. Gods, pantheons and festivals were staples of my family life in the late 1940s and 1950s. Schools emphasized Western civilization with a strong British bias. Economic necessities of the elders left little spare time for explication of the names, origins and representations prevalent in Hindu mythology. Now, after more than a 40 year hiatus I am lucky to have the luxury of relearning the religions of the world including Hinduism. This reparative volume has informed me afresh and has taught me what I ought to have known.
Professor Anna Dallapiccola has produced an excellent and comprehensive dictionary of Hindu legend and mythology. Nearly all of the Hindu gods, demi-gods, lesser divinities and demons are described. We find very satisfying descriptions of all major gods such as Ganesha, Shiva, Vishnu, Nataraja, Durga, Lakshmi, Kali, Parvati, Sarasvati and Ambika. Often we learn about alternate spellings and variant appellations, such as Gajanana, Pillayar, Vinayaka for Ganesha or Murugan and Kartikeya for Subrahmanya. Gandharvas (semi-divine beings), navagrahas (planets), rakshasas (demons), Alwars, Nayanmars (poets, scholars) are all included either as generic headings or individual entries, or both.
Dallapiccola does not stop with descriptions of legendary divinities only.Read more ›
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