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The Footsteps of VishnuA Historical Introduction to Hinduism$
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Ariel Glucklich

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314052

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001

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 Maps and Myths in the Matsya Purana

 Maps and Myths in the Matsya Purana

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(p.145) 9 Maps and Myths in the Matsya Purana
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The Footsteps of Vishnu
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Ariel Glucklich (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.003.0010

This chapter looks at the vast mythological texts called Puranas, with a special focus on the Matsya Purana. The vast cosmological periods (yugas) and the maps of the universe contained in these texts are explained. The chapter also looks at two major pilgrimage centers on the Ganges and explains their religious importance. The politically charged methods of interpreting Hindu mythology are discussed, particularly in reference to the narrative of the churning of the ocean.

Keywords:   Cosmography, Cosmology, Matsya Purana, Myth, Pilgrimage, Prayaga, Puranas, Varanasi (Kashi)

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