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Author: Sukumari Bhattacharji
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0140295704
An authoritative and enduring interpretation of Indian mythologies.
The lofty Triad - Brahma, Visnu and Siva - which is frequently stated to be the three facets of the same supreme being, is the subject of the present book. The result of ten years of research, The Indian Theogony traces the historical development of Indian mythology and its connection with parallel mythologies elsewhere.
In the first part of the book, the Vedic-Brahmanical and epic-Puranic components of Siva are discussed with a view to delving into the god's Vedic, non-Vedic, Aryan and non-Aryan composition. The processes of this growth, change and development are traced with reference to similar gods in other mythologies.
The second part of the book studies the rise of Visnu. The component gods - the Vedic solar gods Savitr, Surya, Vivasavat, Mitra, Aryaman, Bhaga, Amsa, Daksa, Martanda, Indra and Visnu, together with the epic-Puranic incarnations of Visnu are also examined.
With Brahman, in the third part of the book, the picture is quite different. In the Vedic-Brahmanical gods, we do not get a very tangible figure, far less that of a sectarian god.
The last part dwells on the general characteristics of the Puranic pantheon. Here, on the other hand, there are innumerable regional, functional divinities, tutelary gods and goddesses, village or disease-gods, and also gods for different occasions in life.
This new edition will be a boon to both the scholar and the general reader alike.
Sukumari Bhattacharji's study of the birth and genealogies of the deities of early India has now become a classic. - Romila Thapar