The course presents a survey of the major myths, divinities, doctrines and themes of the seminal religious literature of Hindu India from the Vedas through the great Sanskrit Epics and the major Puranas. Special emphasis is given to understanding the central figures, myths and doctrines of Vaishnava, Shaiva, Shakta and Tantric systems. The format is lecture and discussion and students are responsible for a midterm exam, a final exam and a research based term paper.
Crosslisted with Religious Studies C165
Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puranas by C. Dimmit, Temple University Press, ISBN: 9780877221227
Hindu Myths edited/translated by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Penguin Books, ISBN: 9780140449907
The Rig Veda: an Anthology edited/translated by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Penguin Books, ISBN: 9780140449891