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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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The Mythology of Horses in India 1

The Mythology of Horses in India 1

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(p.438) The Mythology of Horses in India1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0031

This chapter explores the history of the mythology of horses in India. It looks at the horse as a charismatic symbol in Hinduism and the paradox of the Hindu horse. It first discusses the uses of the horse in ancient India and the role of Muslims as good-and-evil foreigners in the country’s horse mythologies. It then examines Rudyard Kipling’s immortalization of the white stallion in his novel Kim.

Keywords:   history, mythology, horses, India, Hinduism, Muslims, Rudyard Kipling, white stallion, Kim

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