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The Mythologies of the East: A Detailed Description and Explanation of the Mythologies of all the Great Nations of Asia; 2 Volumes / Hackin, J.; Huart, Clement; Couchoud, Paul-Louis; Linossier, Raymonde; Wilman-Grabowska, H.De; Marchal, Charles-Henri; Masperi, Henri; Eliseev, Serge (Eds.)
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The Mythologies of the East: A Detailed Description and Explanation of the Mythologies of all the Great Nations of Asia; 2 Volumes
Hackin, J.; Huart, Clement; Couchoud, Paul-Louis; Linossier, Raymonde; Wilman-Grabowska, H.De; Marchal, Charles-Henri; Masperi, Henri; Eliseev, Serge (Eds.)
 
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  Book ID : 3823
  ISBN-10 : 81-7305-020-1 / 8173050201
  ISBN-13 : 978-81-7305-020-6 / 9788173050206
  Place of Publication : Delhi
  Year of Publication : 1996
  Edition : (Reprint)
  Language : English
  484p., 354 B/W & 15 Col. Plts., 29 cm. (First pub. in 1932)
   
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CONTENTS:-

I. THE MYTHOLOGY OF PERSIA/Clement Huart :
1. Mythology in the time of the Achaemenids
2. Mythology under the Arsacids
3. Mythology in the time of the Sasanids
4. Mythology of the Manichaeans
5. Mythology of the Mazdakites
6. Mythology of Muhammadan Persia

II. THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE KAFIRS/J. HACKIN

III. THE MYTHOLOGY OF BUDDHISM IN INDIA/Raymonde Linossier :
1. Life of the Buddha Sakyamuni :
i. The Submission of the Elephant
ii. The Great Miracle of Sravasti
iii. The Monkey's Offering
iv. The Conversion of the Kasyapas
v. The Buddha and his Family
vi. The Parinirvana Cycle

2. The Jatakas :
i. Shaddanta-Jataka
ii. Mahakapi-Jataka
iii. Vessantara-Jataka
iv. Sibi-Jataka
v. Champeyya-Jataka
vi. Story of the One-horned Rishi
vii. Syama-Jataka

3. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
4. Feminine Divinities
5. Other Divinities

IV. BRAHMANIC MYTHOLOGY/H. DE Wilman-Grabowska
1. Invocation
2. General Survey of the Hindu Religions :
i. The Vedic Period
ii. The Brahman Religion

3. The Vedic Mythology :
i. The Ancient Cosmic Divinities, Heaven, Earth, Space
ii. Divinities of the Sky :
a. Ushas, the Dawn
b. Varuna, the Personification of the Sky
c. Legend of Sunah-sepa
d. Mitra-Varuna
e. Indra, an Anthropomorphic Deity. His Birth, his Feats, and his Adventures
f. The Maruts, Rudra, and Parjanya

iii. Sacrificial Divinities :
a. Agni, Spirit of the Sacrificial Fire
b. Soma, the Sacred Beverage'
c. Secondary Divinities. The Gandharvas
d. The Apsarases, Nymphs of the Lower Heavens
e. Kama Deva, God of Love
f. Origin of the World. Manu
g. Manu, the First Man
h. Yama, King of Hell and Judge of the Dead
i. Prajapati, the one God

iv. Mythology of Hinduism :
a. The Trimurti. Brahma
b. The Only Gods
c. Siva. His Emanations
d. Self-devotion of Siva
e. Parvati, the " Energy " of Siva
f. Emanations of Siva and Parvati
g. Adventures of Ganesa
h. Karttikeya, God of War
i. Siva-Linga, God of Fecundity

v. Vishnu and his Avatars :
a. Vishnu, the Solar God
b. Legend of the Three Steps
c. Death of Vishnu
d. The Avatars of Vishnu
e. Matsya-Avatara
f. Varaha-Avatara
g. Kurma-Avatara and the Churning of the Sea
h. The Amrita, Elixir of Immortality
i. Legend of Kadru and Vinata
j. The Nagas, Dragons or Water-hydras
k. Nara-Simha
l. Parasurama
m. Rama-Chandra
n. Reminiscences of the Vedas
o. The Birth of Krishna
p. Krishna the Shepherd
q. Death of Krishna
r. Vishnu Kalkin

V. THE MYTHOLOGY OF LAMAISM/J. Hackin :
1. Pictured Scenes from the Life of the Buddha Sakyamuni
2. Amitabha and the Sukhavati Paradise. Amitayus and Vajradhara
3. Avalokitesvara
4. Maitreya
5. Manjusri
6. Tara
7. Marichi, Sitatapatraparajita, Ushnishavijaya
8. The Terrible Divinities
9. The Tutelary Divinities
10. The Guardian Kings of the Four Points of the Compass
11. The Saints
12. Padmasambhava. The Great Sorcerers
13. Milaraspa
14. The Legend of Gesar
15. Iconography of the Bon-pa. Legend of Gsen-rabs-mi-bo

VI. THE MYTHOLOGY OF INDO-CHINA AND JAVA/C.H. Marchal :
1. Mythology of Indo-China :
i. Khmer Mythology :
a. Buddhistic Cosmogony
b. Norok(Hell)
c. The Paradises
d. Buddhism. Avalokitesvara
e. Buddha
f. Brahmanism
g. Hindu Legends and Epic Tales

ii. Cham Mythology :
a. Saivism
b. Vishnuism
c. Buddhism
d. Modern Cults and Beliefs

2. Javanese Mythology :
i. Saivism
ii. Vishnuism
iii. Hindu Legends
iv. Buddhism

VII. BUDDHIST MYTHOLOGY IN CENTRAL ASIA/J. Hackin :
1. The Dhyani-Buddhas
2. The Paradises
3. The Life of the Buddha
4. Avalokitesvara
5. Kshitigarbha
6. Maitreya. Samantabhadra
7. The Guardian Kings of the Four Points of Space (Lokapala)

VIII. THE MYTHOLOGY OF MODERN CHINA/Henri Maspero :
1. The Popular Religion and the Three Religions :
2. The Supreme Gods :
i. Yui-Huang, the Jade Emperor
ii. The Family and the Court of the Jade Emperor
iii. Celestial Administration and Ministries
iv. The Heaven and the Supreme Emperor in the Imperial Religion

3. The Gods of Nature :
i. The Sun and the Moon
ii. The Lady who Sweeps the Sky Clear
iii. My Lord the Thunder and The Mother of the Lightnings
iv. The Rain
v. The Dragon Kings, Lung-Wang

(i). The Gods in Charge of Administrative Groups :
i. The Great Emperor of the Eastern Peak

(ii). The Gods of the Administrative Districts :
i. The Gods of Walls and Moats (Cheng-Huang)
ii. The Gods of the Place (T'u-ti)

(iii). The Household Gods :
i. The God of the Hearth
ii. The Gods of the Doors
iii. The God of the Place of the House
iv. The Lord and the Lady of the Bed
v. The Goddess of the Privy
vi. The God of Riches (Tsai-Shen)
vii. The Ancestors
viii. The Family Tabernacle (Kia-Tang)

(iv). The Gods of the Doors, the God of the Place, Etc. in Buddhist Temples

4. Gods of Professions, Trades, Corporations, etc :
i. The Civilian Mandarins :
a. Wen-Chang and his Attendants
b. Confucius

ii. The Military Mandarins
iii. The Peasants
iv. The Sailors. The Empress of Heaven (Tien-hou)
v. Traders and Artisans

5. The Gods Charged with Watching Over Mankind Individually :
i. Kuan-ti
ii. The Supreme Lord of the Dark Heaven, Hiian-tien Shang-ti
iii. The Mother of the Bushel, Tou-mu
iv. The Three Agents, San-kuan
v. The Three Stars (Gods of Happiness)
vi. The Eighteen Arhats and the Eight Immortals

vii. The Two Protectresses of Women, Taoist and Buddhist :
a. The Princess of the Motley Clouds
b. Kuan-yin

viii. The Immortal Chang who gives Male Children
ix. The Gods of Diseases and the Healing Gods

6. The Gods of the Other World :
i. The Ten Hells and their Kings
ii. The Existence of the Souls in the Nether Regions
iii. The Bodhisattva Ti-tsang (Kshitigarbha)
iv. The Paradise of Amitabha
v. The Immortals and the Lady-queen of the West, Si-wang-mu

IX. THE MYTHOLOGY OF JAPAN/Serge Eliseev :
A. Shinto MYTHOLOGY :
i. The Nihongi and the Kojiki
ii. Foreign Influences
iii. The Gods
iv. Heaven
v. The Underworld

1. The Celestial Kingdom of Amaterasu :
i. The Invisible Gods
ii. Izanagi and Izanami, the Creative Pair
iii. Descent of Izanagi to the Lower Regions
iv. The Birth of the Gods according to the Nihongi
v. The Withdrawing of Amaterasu and her Return
vi. Susa-no-wo and the Serpent
vii. The Children of Susa-no-wo

2. The Conquest of the Earth by Amaterasu :
i. Descent of the Gods upon the Earth
ii. Ama-no-Oshiho-mimi
iii. Ama-no-Hohi
iv. Ame-waka-hiko
v. Take-mika-zuchi and Futsu-nushi. Resistance of Take-minakata
vi. Ninigi, the Ancestor of the Emperors of Japan
vii. Organization of the Shinto Clergy
viii. The Marriage of Ninigi
ix. Story of Hoho-demi
x. Jimmu Tenno, First Emperor of Japan
xi. The Gods of Nature
xii. Cult of the Sun
xiii. Cult of the Moon
xiv. Star Worship
xv. The God of the Storm and of Love
xvi. The Gods of the Winds
xvii. The Gods of the Rain
xviii. The Gods of the Springs
xix. The Gods of the Rivers
xx. The Gods of the Sea
xxi. The Gods of Vegetation
xxii. Echo
xxiii. The Divinity of Food
xxiv. Inari, the God of Rice

xxv. The Gods of the Mountains
xxvi. The Cult of Stones
xxvii. The Gods of the Thunder
xxviii. The Gods of Fire
xxix. The Gods of the Road
xxx. The Phallic Cult
xxxi. The Gods of the Hearth
xxxii. Deified Men

B. BUDDHIST MYTHOLOGY :
1. Influence of Buddhism in Modern Japan :
i. Origins and Development of Japanese Buddhism
ii. The Sects of Nara

2. The New Sects :
i. Shingon
ii. The Joining of Buddhism with Shinto : The Ryobu-Shinto
iii. The Zen and Jodo-shu Sects
iv. Sects of Jodo-shin and Nichiren

C. AN ICONOGRAPHY OF JAPANESE BUDDHISM :
i. Aizen-myoo
ii. Amida
iii. Ashuku-nyorai
iv. Atago-Gongen
v. Binzuru Harada
vi. Dai itoku-myoo
vii. Dainichi-nyorai
viii. Emma-O
ix. Fudo-myoo
x. Fugen-bosatsu
xi. Go-chi-nyorai
xii. Godaison
xiii. Gokuraku-jodo
xiv. Gozanze-myoo
xv. Gundari-myoo
xvi. Gwakko-bosatsu
xvii. The Hells
xviii. Hosho-nyorai
xix. Ida-ten
xx. Jizo-bosatsu
xxi. Kishimojin
xxii. Kokuzo-bosatsu
xxiii. Kompira, or Kubira
xxiv. Kongara-doji
xxv. Kongo-Yasha-myoo
xxvi. Kujaku-myoo
xxvii. Kwangiden, or Kwangiten
xxviii. Kwan-on or Kwannon Bosatsu
xxix. Marishi-ten
xxx. Miroku-bosatsu
xxxi. Monju-Bosatsu
xxxii. Nijuhachi-bushu
xxxiii. Nio
xxxiv. Nyorai
xxxv. Oni
xxxvi. SeitKa-doji
xxxvii. Shichi Fukujin
xxxviii. Shitenno
xxxix. Yakushi-Rurikwo-nyorai

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The Study of Mythology is the first Stage and an indispensable rudiment to the study of the land and its culture. To penetrate to the heart of Civilization one ought to begin with a Knowledge of its gods. The present volume makes an attempt to decipher the mythology of Asia, an important pre-requisite to the understanding of art, thought and literature of this land of great Religious provinces, each with its own cosmology, Philosophy and mythology.

The Book is an exceptionally clear and accessible presentation of Oriental mythologies including Brahmanism, Buddhism, Lamaism, Islam etc. It describes the origin and significance of Mythological beings and legendary figures and events from an extensive range of Cultures and ages of Asia. The book shows how the mythologies have evolved our the centuries, incorporating the profiles of gods and goddesses, legends, miracles, foreign influences and local variations. It thus makes the Ancient WISDOM and profound Spiritual Traditions of Asia available to the reader.

Divided into two volumes, the book is lavishly illustrated (with over 350 halftone illustrations and 15 col. plates). The first volume is devoted to Indian subcontinent, Middle East, Indo-China, Java, Nepal and Tibet. The second volume discusses the mythologies of Japan, China and Central Asia.

The book will contribute significantly to the increased understanding of Asiatic Religions and their contribution to the culture and civilization of mankind. Deeply researched and clearly written this pioneering work will be of interest to both scholars and general readers.

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