Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook Translated from the Sanskrit
Collected, translated and edited by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

Table of Contents


I. Prajapati and Brahma, 1-12
Creation in the Rg Veda, 1-2
Creation in the Brahmanas and Upanisads, 3-6
Creation in the Mahabhrata, 7-8
Creation in the Puranas, 9-12

II. Indra, 13-28
The Vedic Cycle of Indra and Vrtra, 13-26
The Degradation of Indra in the Later Epics, 27-28

III. Agni, 29-33

IV. Rudra and Siva, 34-46
The Vedic Myth of Rudra, 34-36
The Epic Myth of the Triple City, 37
The Puranic Myths of linga-Worship, 38-40
The Puranic Myths of Siva and Parvati, 41-45
The Sage Mankanaka Dances for Siva, 46

V. Visnu, 47-63
The Vedic Avatar of Visnu: The Dwarf, 47-49
The Brahmana Avatars: The Fish and the Boar, 50-55
The Epic Avatars: Rama and Krsna, 56-61
The Puranic Avatars: The Buddha and Kalkin, 62-63

VI. Devi, the Goddess, 64-69

II. Gods and Demons, 70-75
Vedic Mythology: The Battle for Immortality, 70-71
Epic Mythology: The Churning of the Ocean, 72
Puranic Mythology: The Secret of Immortality, 73-75

A. Abbreviations
B. Selected Bibliography
C. Bibliographical Notes
D. Glossary and Index of Proper Names