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About the Book
The book studies the evolution of euhemeristic deities of the Vedic period mainly Indra, the Rbhus, the Asvins and the Maruts. It explores the rationale behind the euhemerism and the historicity of events leading to their mythologization.
From the Jacket
In deities : whether in anthropomorphic or symbolic forms, the Vedic sages conceived a transcendent principle, which is far too subtle, far too abstract for the ordinary minds to grasp. And likewise, they concertized "as divinities" the various forces of nature - recognizing the indispensability of rain and thunder, of the sun and fire for human survival.
Alongside the material representations of the cosmic order or of nature and nature-related phenomena, mankind has also mythologized some of its exceptionally great personalities (like, for instance, the Buddha, Mahavira and Jesus), who were believed to incarnated superhuman qualities or the highest of human ideals - though these deities of our times were veritably the 'magnified' men of real history. Dr. Uma Chakravarty's book investigates this phenomenon of euhemerism: the deification of historical personages, from among the divinities of Vedic writings.
It is the first, all-exclusive study to look into the evolution of euhemeristic deities of the Vedic period and how these mortals-turned-gods came to have varying deific positions on the hierarchic scale of the Vedic pantheon. Meticulously describing Indra, the Rbhus, the Asvins and the Maruts - together with the connotations of their names and epithets - the author not only explores the rationale behind the age-old euhemerism, but even the historicity of the events leading to their mythologization.
Supported by extensive bibliographic references, the book is a brilliant effort to demonstrate the complementarity of history and mythology. And is, thus, invaluable to the scholars of Indology and its kindred disciplines.
About the Author
Uma Chakravarty, (born: 1933), is a reputed scholar of Indology who, for about 35 years, has been with the Lady Keane Collage, Shillong, Meghalaya, a Head of the Sanskrit Department. She also has had a stint, during 1992-93, as Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universitat, Berlin, under the German Academic Exchange Service, Germany.
She has published several articles on Vedic themes in the journals of international repute. Currently, Dr. Chakravarty is an ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research) Fellow at the prestigious Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune.
1. The Rbhus
Etymology of the Word rbhu
Fourfold Achievements of the Rbhus
Camasa: The Fifth Achievement and the Right to the Soma-libation
Scholar's Opinions on the Fourth camasa
The Rbhus: Solar Deities
The Rbhus and the other Gods
Scholars on the Identity of Rbhus
2. The Asvins
The Divine Doctors, Asvins and the Soma drink
The Heavenly Twins and a Maiden
The Asvins: An Incarnation of the Universal Twin ship Motif
3. The Maruts
Etymology of the Word marut
The Bright Maruts
The Howling Maruts
The Maruts' Anger
The Fearful Maruts
All the Maruts are equal
The Maruts as birds
The Maruts and Soma libation
The Maruts' Animals: The Prsatis, the Horses
The Parents of the Maruts
Rodasi, the Female Associate of the Maruts
The Maruts and the other Gods
The Protégés of the Maruts
The Maruts: The Maryas
The Maruts: Gana, Sardhas, Veata, Visah
The Maruts: Euhemeristic Geography and History in the Marut Hymns
The Library Beauty of the Marut Hymns
The Maurys in the Atharvaveda
Maruts in the TS. the Brahmanas and in the Sutras
Opinions of Scholars on the Identity of the Maruts
On the Etymology of the word Indra
Indra: The War God
Indra and other Gods
Indra, the Highest God
Indra in the Yajurveda
Indra in the Atharvaveda
Opinion of Scholars on the Identity of Indra