Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rudolph. Nala and Damayanti

Today's free book is Nala and Damayanti: A Love-Tale of East India, translated from the Sanskrit Mahabharata by Adelaide Rudolph.

The book is available at the Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Werner. Myths and Legends of the Bantu

Today's free book is Myths and Legends of the Bantu by Alice Werner. As the author explains in the Introduction: "BANTU is now the generally accepted name for those natives of South Africa (the great majority) who are neither Hottentots nor Bushmen — that is to say, mainly, the Zulus, Xosas, Basuto, and Bechuana" You can read more about the Bantu peoples at Wikipedia, and also about Alice Werner, who is the author of the Africa volume of The Mythology of All Races.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Sacred Texts.

Chapter I: Introductory
Chapter II: Where Man Came From, and How Death Came
Chapter III: Legends of the High Gods
Chapter IV: The Heaven Country and the Heaven People
Chapter V: Mortals Who Have Ascended to Heaven
Chapter VI: The Ghosts and the Ghost Country
Chapter VII: The Avenger of Blood
Chapter VIII: Heroes and Demi-Gods
Chapter IX: The Wakilindi Saga
Chapter X: The Story of Liongo Fumo
Chapter XI: The Tricksters Hlakanyana and Huveane
Chapter XII: The Amazimu
Chapter XIII: Of Were-Wolves, Halfmen, Gnomes, Goblins, and Other Monsters
Chapter XIV: The Swallowing Monster
Chapter XV: Lightning, Thunder, Rain, and the Rainbow
Chapter XVI: Doctors, Prophets, and Witches
Chapter XVII: Brer Rabbit in Africa
Chapter XVIII: Legends of the Tortoise
Chapter XIX: Stories of Some Other Animals
Chapter XX.- Some Stories Which Have Travelled

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dharma. Ramayana

Today's free book is Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom by Krishna Dharma. You can find out more about this book at the Indian Epics UnTextbook.

For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at the BhaktiVedanta Vedabase.


RKD: 1.1: King Daśaratha’s Longing
RKD: 1.2: The Birth of Rāma
RKD: 1.3: With the Sage Viśvāmitra
RKD: 1.4: The Trial of Strength
RKD: 1.5: Crooked Advice for Queen Kaikeyi
RKD: 1.6: The King’s Heartbreak
RKD: 1.7: Rāma Agrees to Depart
RKD: 1.8: Grief and Fury
RKD: 1.9: Sītā’s Plea
RKD: 1.10: Sad Farewells

RKD: 2.1: Into the Forest
RKD: 2.2: Devastation in Ayodhya
RKD: 2.3: Bharata’s Return
RKD: 2.4: ‘We Shall Bring Rāma Back’
RKD: 2.5: Rāma Remains Firm
RKD: 2.6: The Forest Sages
RKD: 2.7: The Rākṣasī Shurpanakha
RKD: 2.8: Rāvaṇa’s Lust is Incited
RKD: 2.9: The Kidnapping of Sītā
RKD: 2.10: Rāma’s Terrible Discovery
RKD: 2.11: Rāma Meets the Monkeys
RKD: 2.12: The Search Begins
RKD: 2.13: Hanumān Leaps to Lanka
RKD: 2.14: Sītā is Found

RKD: 3.1: The Army Sets Off
RKD: 3.2: Panic in Lanka
RKD: 3.3: Rāma Confronts the Ocean
RKD: 3.4: Rāvaṇa’s Evil Trickery
RKD: 3.5: The War Begins
RKD: 3.6: Garuḍa to the Rescue
RKD: 3.7: Rāvaṇa Enters the Fray
RKD: 3.8: The Colossal Demon
RKD: 3.9: Carnage Among the Rākṣasas
RKD: 3.10: Rāma and Lakṣman Laid Low
RKD: 3.11: Lakṣman Battles Indrajit
RKD: 3.12: Rāvaṇa Exhibits His Prowess
RKD: 3.13: The Final Battle
RKD: 3.14: Sītā’s Ordeal
RKD: 3.15: Back to Ayodhya


The following are appendices to the book:

Appendix 1: The Story of the River Ganges
Appendix 2: The History of Viśvāmitra
Appendix 3: The Birth and History of Hanumān
Appendix 4: The Benefits of Reading Rāmayana
Author’s Note