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Hindu Myths: From Ancient Cosmology to Gods and Demons
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Hindu Myths: From Ancient Cosmology to Gods and Demons (Hardback)

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There is no clear start point for Hinduism, no single prophet or messiah who taught people how to worship and the forms to follow. Nor is there a single text containing the universal truths; instead, there are many different practices and innumerable variants of common myths and tales.

From the ancient Sanskrit texts of the Upanishads, Vedas, Mahabharata and Ramayana, the characters, gods and narratives of Hinduism emerged to demonstrate the moral precepts, duties and correct behaviour of Hinduism. Learn about Vedic cosmology, which is divided into four cyclical Yugas, or epochs, and which has no beginning or end; or the creation myth of Varaha, a powerful boar who saved the earth from primordial waters; or the legend of Rama, who against great odds rescues his love Sita from the demon-king Ravana; or Vishnu, the greatest god in the Hindu Trimurti (triad), who takes the form of nine different avatars and stops the earth from being destroyed through preserving Atman, the unchanging ultimate reality.

Illustrated with 120 photographs and artworks, Hindu Myths is an accessible, engaging and highly informative exploration of the complex mythology underlying one of the world's oldest and most influential religions.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsHinduism Publisher: Amber Books Ltd Publication Date: 01/10/2020 ISBN-13: 9781838860189  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Martin J. Dougherty is the author of Greek Myths, Norse Myths, Vikings, Celts, The Ancient Warrior and many more titles. A former defence consultant, he has appeared on and acted as a consultant for numerous historical television programmes.

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