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The Myths and Gods of India

The Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism from the Princeton Bollingen Series

Published by Inner Traditions
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

The study of Hindu mythology explores the significance of the most prominent Hindu dieties as they are envisioned by the Hindus themselves. Referred to by its adherents as the "eternal religion," Hinduism recognizes for each age and each country a new form of revelation--and for each person, according to his or her stage of development, a different path of realization.

This widely praised study of Hindu deities reveals the message of tolerance and adaptability at the heart of this ancient religion.

About The Author

Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Inner Traditions (December 1, 1991)
  • Length: 512 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780892813544

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"A pleasure to behold and an invigorating experience to read."

– American Anthropologist

"If you read only one book on Hinduism, it must be Danielou's Myths and Gods of India."

– Tyr, August 2002

" . . . sheds light on more than just Hindu philosophy and practices, but also on how the Western 'Orientalphiles' have been clearly selective in what they put forward as their vision of India."

– Institute of Hermetic Studies, Sep 2008

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