Encyc of Hinduism

INDIAN BOOKS CENTRE ibcindia at giasdl01.vsnl.net.in
Thu Mar 6 22:42:13 EST 1997


The book Encyclopaedia of Hinduism  is also by the same publishers Anmol 
Publications,Ansari Road, Darya Ganj, N.Delhi-110002 who has earlier 
published the Encyclopaedia of Buddhism for which already a discussion 
have been held on the list.The editor of both theworks are same.Because 
of the material contained in the works,we have not included the same in 
our lists for publicity.
Sunil Gupta


On Thu, 6 Mar 1997, Dan Lusthaus wrote:

> I just received an announcement for an Encyclopedia of Hinduism, from
> Vedams Books International, New Delhi. It apparently consists of 15 volumes
> for $1100 minus 30% discount for libraries and academics (= $770). I am
> wondering if anyone is familiar with it and its background. Recently an
> encyclopedia of Buddhism appeared from India with pirated and often
> uncredited articles, many long outdated, which the surviving authors knew
> nothing about. Is this project more legitimate?
> 
> Perusing the description of contents, it seems primarily geared toward the
> Vedas and related topics, and includes articles by well known scholars
> living and dead: J. Gonda (almost seems like a third to half of the
> articles are attributed to him), A. Coomaraswamy, U.M. Apte, etc.
> 
> The volumes are in alphabetic order, but in an odd fashion, namely by the
> title of essays rather than main topics per se. E.g., the table of contents
> for vol. VIII is (N.B. variant spellings of Rg Veda are as is in the
> announcement):
> 
> Mathematics of space
> Metempsychosis in the Samhita and Brahmanas of the Rgveda
> The metrical distractions of the Rig-Vedic Vaata
> Minor Brahmanas
> The Mitanni documents and Rigvedic India
> Moral philosophy
> 'Mother' in Vedic Literature
> Myths in the Vedic context
> Myth and Reality in the Rgveda with special reference to Indra-Vrtra myth
> Nkasatras in the Rgveda
> Names of the Yajurveda
> The name of Veda
> Nasalization of the final a in the Rgveda
> Nirrti in the Rgveda
> Niska-extraction
> non-attractive Daksinas in Srauta Ritual
> Non-violent tradition in Jainism
> Occurrences of 'Drse Kam' and 'Drse' in the Rgveda
> Old Marathi Avasvara and Vedic Avasvara
> The origin of the concept of Matsyavatara
> Origin and nature of Brahmanas
> The original home of the Aryans
> Origins of the upanisadic religion and philosophy in the Vedas
> The orthoepic Diaskeuasis of the Rgveda and the date of Panini
> Paippaladasamhita of the Atharvaveda
> 
> What a tyrannical alphabetic mishmash. It seems to contain some interesting
> and maybe even useful entries, but I'd like to know its pedigree before
> submitting a request to my library. Any help would be appreciated.
> 
> 
> Dan Lusthaus
> Flordia State University
> 
> 
> 
> 




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