The Myths and Gods of India: The Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism from the Princeton Bollingen Series

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By Alain Daniélou

Publisher : Inner Traditions/Bear & Company

ABOUT Alain Daniélou

Alain Daniélou
Alain Daniélou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitte More...



The study of Hindu mythology explores the significance of the most prominent Hindu dieties as they are envisioned by the Hindus themselves. Referred to by its adherents as the "eternal religion," Hinduism recognizes for each age and each country a new form of revelation--and for each person, according to his or her stage of development, a different path of realization.

This widely praised study of Hindu deities reveals the message of tolerance and adaptability at the heart of this ancient religion.
"A pleasure to behold and an invigorating experience to read."
American Anthropologist

"If you read only one book on Hinduism, it must be Danielou's Myths and Gods of India."
Tyr, August 2002

" . . . sheds light on more than just Hindu philosophy and practices, but also on how the Western 'Orientalphiles' have been clearly selective in what they put forward as their vision of India."
Institute of Hermetic Studies, Sep 2008