[INDOLOGY] literature

Lubomír Ondračka ondracka at ff.cuni.cz
Fri Jun 21 13:32:55 UTC 2019

Dear Victor,

this an extremely vast subject, but a good starting point could be:
N. N. Bhattacharyya, History of Indian Cosmogonical Ideas. Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1971.
It is useful in collecting references to primary texts and presenting a good number of various cosmogony models, but less satisfactory in their interpretation.

A collection of Kuiper’s essays (F. B. J. Kuiper, Ancient Indian cosmogony, ed. John Irwin, New Delhi: Vikas Publ. House, 1983) is very good, but deals mainly with Vedic material. 

Specifically for purāṇic cosmogony see:
Madeleine Biardeau,  Études de mythologie hindoue (III). I. Cosmogonies purâniques (suite),  Bulletin de l'École française d'Extrême-Orient Année 58 (1971): 17-89.

There are plenty of more special studies, most of them are listed here:

But as far as I know, they do not "trace literary motifs in cosmogonic myths diachronically".


On Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:04:07 +0000
"Bijlert, V.A. van via INDOLOGY" <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> A colleague of mine has the following question:
> Do you know academic publications (articles, book chapters, books) that trace literary motifs in cosmogonic myths diachronically from the Rig Veda to the Puranas?
> Is there anyone who could suggest recent titles? Articles, books?
> On behalf of my colleague many thanks
> Regards
> Victor A. van Bijlert
> Lecturer Indian religions and Sanskrit
> Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
> +31613184203

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