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Asian Mythologies

Translated under the direction of Wendy Doniger
These 130 articles explore mythologies in societies from India to Japan. Among the many topics are Buddhist and Hindu symbolic systems, myth in pre-Islamic Iran, Indonesian rites of passage, Chinese cosmology and demons, and Japanese conceptions of the afterlife and the "vital spirit." The mythological traditions of Turkey, Korea, Tibet, and Mongolia are also included.

"The almost 100 contributors combine, with characteristic precision and élan, the arts of science and poetry, of analysis and translation. The result is a treasury of information, brilliant guesswork, witty asides, and revealing digressions. This is a work of genuine and enduring excitement."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor

400 pages | halftones throughout | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 1991, 1993

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Folklore and Mythology

Literature and Literary Criticism: Asian Languages

Reference and Bibliography

Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition, by Wendy Doniger
Preface to the English Edition of the Complete Work, by Wendy Doniger
Preface to the French Edition of the Complete Work, by Yves Bonnefoy
Part 1: Introduction: The Interpretation of Mythology
Part 2: South Asia, Iran, and Buddhism
Part 3: Southeast Asia
Part 4: East Asia and Inner Asia

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