Dear friends of Indian mythology,
I am Christa from Germany, since 2013 I translate myths, wise sayings and poetry from English into German. This is my way of letting current and prospective India lovers who are not knowledgeable in English participate in the great heritage of ancient India. All this is made possible by website hosts in India who allowed me to make use of their English translations – find their websites under ‚Links‘.
Three years ago the time was right for creating a dictionary which I have been asked by a number of people to translate into English.
The myths are tightly interwoven, the illustrious characters appear in various different roles … reducing them to an entry in a dictionary does not do them credit at all. Take your time and read the myths, so that the essence of the protagonists and the deep wisdom of what they want to convey reveals itself to you. You will therefore not only find a description of each of the characters but also a link to the tales in which they play a leading role.
That myths are told in different variants is only natural in a country as vast as India. It may therefore happen that you know certain characters and/or narratives in quite different forms.
This webpage is not static. Whenever I discover something new it will be extended and ameliorated. I am quite amenable to suggestions and will gladly answer your questions.
Now a few words concerning the spelling: Transliteration of terms in Sanskrit or Indian regional languages has traditionally been up to the whims of the translator. You may find anything from Krsna via Krushna to Krishna, from Siva via Civan to Shiva, from Luxmi via Laxmi to Lakshmi … anything goes. This doesn’t make it easy to search and find a term and creates a problem that I cannot really solve. If therefore you do not find the term you are looking for, that doesn’t mean it is not there. The safest way to find it is searching by alphabetical order.
If in spite of meticulous care an error has slipped in, please accept my apologies and let me know, so that I can make the appropriate corrections.
Enough said … Have fun browsing through the information, go on a discovery tour in the cosmos of myths. Meet Indra, have a chat with Narada, listen to Vyasa, look straight into Ravana’s twenty eyes and make sure to be friendly and accommodating if ever Durvasa should cross your path.
Find following a selection of websites dedicated to Indian heritage - mythology, poetry, wisdom, mysticism - in alphabetic order. Thanks to the owners who enriched my life.
Decoding Hindu Mythology
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