xiv, 302p., 15 B/W Plts., Abb., Bib., Gloss., Index, 23 cm. (Reconstructing Indian History & Culture No. 12) (First Published in 1996)
In the Hindu pantheon, Yama holds a unique place. A counterpart, in the indigenous tradition, of Avestan Yima, Egyptian Osiris or Greek Pluto, he inspires terror in the heart of anaverage mortal: not only owing to his overloadship of the abode of the dead, but also for his identification with death itself. Yama's image in Hindu mythology, however, has come to have many variants - which Dr. Merh's study tries to capture against their essential literary settings.