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There is no single basic version of a Hindu epic; each is told and retold with a number of minor and major variations over the years... Hindu epics are living organisms that change constantly. – Wendy Doniger O’Flaherty The Hindu religion is quite possibly the oldest religion. It is also the most diverse – we don’t even know just how many Hindu gods there are. And its extensive epic verses include the Ramayana and the Mahabharata – the latter being the longest known epic in history (it’s seven times longer than The Iliad and The Odyssey combined). From elephant-headed Ganesha to fierce, blue goddess Kali and through fascinating, less widely known deities, Hindu Myths is an excellent introduction to understanding the varying tales of creation in Hinduism, the major deities, the major texts and the principal concerns of the mythology. In Hindu epics, everything is impermanent including matter, love and peace. Magic and miracles thrive, gods are defeated and fear for their existence, triggering wars or debates. Death threatens and re-threatens life, while life finds a way to creatively re-emerge thus conquering death. Eros persistently prevails over chaos. Illustrated with 130 colour and black-&-white photographs, artworks and maps, Hindu Myths is an exciting, engaging and highly informative exploration of a fascinating and highly influential world that will appeal to anyone interested in Hinduism, mythology or history.