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Hindu Gods: The Spirit of the Divine (Spiritual Journeys)

by Priya Hemenway

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The author, Priya Hemenway, has background in ancient languages and spent a long time in the East studying ancient religions, according to the write-up in the book. She profiles 23 of the Hindu deities. There are many versions of any given story, and the author gives one for each deity, not necessarily the most popular version. The illustrations are colorful and beautiful.

The Introduction is very informative for any reader who may be unfamiliar to Hinduism. The author has addressed every aspect of Hinduism with reverence. The beliefs, worships, the religious texts and teachings are all described in a simple way for the novice. 13 major deities and the 10 avatars of Vishnu are portrayed.

An interesting perspective of the author is Buddha as an avatar of Vishnu. This concept cannot be found in any authentic source. There are stories of Buddha as Siva's avatar.

The subject is vast and cannot be ‘condensed’ in any way. The author deserves praise for taking on this difficult task and making it lucid and interesting. ( )
  uma1 | Mar 10, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811836452, Hardcover)

Hindu gods serve mankind with compassion and devotion, breathing wisdom into every aspect of life. This exquisitely illustrated book presents profiles of 30 deitiesfrom the powerful triad of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, to the colorful supporting cast of gods such as Ganesha and Saraswati. Author Priya Hemenway tells the stories of how these gods came to be, how theyre worshipped, and how they remain forever alive in the hearts of those who seek to know themselves.

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Hindu gods serve mankind with compassion and devotion, breathing wisdom into every aspect of life. This exquisitely illustrated book presents profiles of 30 deitiesfrom the powerful triad of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, to the colorful supporting cast of gods such as Ganesha and Saraswati. Author Priya Hemenway tells the stories of how these gods came to be, how theyre worshipped, and how they remain forever alive in the hearts of those who seek to know themselves.… (more)

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