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Vedic Mythology
Vedic Mythology

Vedic Mythology

by A A Macdonell

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Language

English

Publisher

LP Publications

ISBN

8175362049 - Year: 2000 - Pages: 192

Binding

Hardcover

A A Macdonell

Author: A A Macdonell
Publisher: LP Publications
Year: 2000
Language: English
Pages: 192
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8175362049

Description

Religion in its widest sense includes on the one hand the conception which men entertain of the divine or supernatural power and, on the other, that sense of the dependence of human welfare on those powers which finds its expression in various forms of worship.

Mythology is connected with the former side of religion as furnishing the whole body of myths or stories which are told about gods and heroes and which describe their character and origin, their actions and surroundings.

Such myths have their source in the attempt of the human mind, in a primitive and unscientific age, to explain the various forces and phenomena of nature with which man is confronted. They represent in fact the conjectural science of a primitive mental condition.

This book occupies a very important position in the study of the history of religions. It traces the earliest stage in the evolution of beliefs which constitute the source of religious concepts of the majority of the modern Indians.

Contents

Contents

I. INTRODUCTION

1. Religion and Mythology

2. Characteristics of Vedic Mythology

3. Sources of Vedic Mythology

4. Method to be pursued

5. The Avesta and Vedic Mythology

6. Comparative Mythology

II. VEDIC CONCEPTIONS OF THE WORLD AND ITS ORIGIN

7. Cosmology

8. Cosmogony

9. Origin of Gods and Men

III. THE VEDIC GODS

10. General Character and Classification

A. Celestial Gods

11. Dyaus

12. Varuna

13. Mitra

14. Surya

15. Savitr

16. Pusan

17. Visnu

18. Vivasvat

19. Adityas

20. Usas

21. Asvins

B. Atmospheric Gods

22. Indra

23. Trita Aptya

24. Apam napat

25. Matarisvan

26. Ahi budhnya

27. Aja ekapad

28. Ruyra

29. The Maruts

30. Vayu-Vata

31. Parjanya

32. Apah

C. Terrestrial Gods

33. Rivers. Sarasvati

34. Prthivi

35. Agni

36. Brhaspati

37. Soma

D. Abstract Gods

38. Two Classes

a. Various Agent Gods

b. Tvastr

39. Visvakarman, Prajapati

40. Manyu, Sraddha etc

41. Aditi

42. Diti

43. Goddesses

44. Dual Divinities

45. Groups of Dieties

E. Lower Dieties

46. Rbhus

47. Apsarases, Urvasi

48. Gandharavas

49. Tutelary Dieties: Vastos Pati etc

IV. MYTHICAL PRIESTS AND HEROES

50. Manu

51. Bhrgus

52. Atharvan

53. Dadhyanc

54. Angirases

55. Virupas, Navagvas, Dasagvas, Seven Rsis

56. Atri

57. Kanva etc

58. Kutsa, Kavya Usana etc

V. Animals AND INANIMATE OBJECTS

59. General Traits

60. The Horse: Dadhikra, Tarksya, Padiva, Etasa etc

61. A. The Bull, B. The Cow

62. The Goat, Boar, Dog, Monkey, Tortoise, Frogs

63. The Bird

64. Noxious Animals, Serpent etc

65. Survivals of Prehistoric Notions about Animals

66. Deified Terrestrial Objects

VI. DEMONS AND FIENDS

67. Aerial demons: Asuras, Panis, Dasas

68. Vrtra, Vala etc

69. Susna, Sambara, Namuci etc

70. Raksases, Pisacas and other terreterial demons

VII. Eschatology

71. Disposal of the Dead

72. The Soul

73. Heaven

74. Joys of the Future Life

75. Hell

76. The Pitrs or Manes

77. Yama, King of the Dead

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