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Āraṇyakaparvan

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The third book of the Mahābharata. This is one of the longest books in the epic, but it contains much non-narrative material, swelling out the Pāṇḍavas' twelve years of exile in the forest...

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Descent to the Underworld

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In mythologies from all parts of the world, the motif of the descent to the underworld is common. Sometimes the hero—for example, the Greek Herakles, Orpheus, or Theseus—makes the descent...

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Mahābhārata

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One of the two great Sanskrit epics of the Hindus (the other is the Ramayana), that evolved over centuries, existing in its present form since c.400 ad. Probably the longest single poem in...

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Prajāpati

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(Skt., ‘Lord of creatures/creation’).

A conceptual development in the late Vedic period of Hinduism drawing together the many manifested forces of nature into a single source of...

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Vedas

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(more comprehensively, Veda). The four collections which lie at the foundation of Hindu scripture, Ṛg Veda, Sāma Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda. They constitute the foundation of revealed...

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Yama

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In Hindu mythology, the first man to die. He became the guardian, judge, and ruler of the dead, and is represented as carrying a noose and riding a buffalo.

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