Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reading Guide: Nivedita. Shiva.

(Uma, beloved of Shiva: source)

Titles: Cradle Tales of Hinduism
+ Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists
Author: Sister Nivedita
Year: 1907 & 1914

Comments: This unit contains the stories about Shiva as told in two of Sister Nivedita's books, with one book for Reading A and the other book for Reading B. By reading both sections this week, you will learn a lot about Shiva, the Great God.

Free Online: See all the links at Freebookapalooza: Cradles Tales of Hinduism and Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists. The links below are to the Internet Archive versions of both books.

Length: one week. I've divided the reading into two parts: Part A - Part B. This can also work for just a half-week of reading!

Reading Part A
The readings for this half come from Sister Nivedita's book, Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists.
Supremacy of Shiva.
The Anger of Shiva.
Daksha and Shiva.
Earlier Myths.
Uma's Sport.
Shiva's Fishing.
Shiva's Dance.
The Churning of the Ocean.
The Birth of Ganga.

Reading Part B
The readings for this half come from another book by Sister Nivedita, Cradle Tales. These stories cover much of the same material as in the first part, and as you read, you can think about which version of the stories you prefer. 
Shiva, the Great God.
Sati, The Perfect Wife.
The Tale of Uma Himavutee.

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