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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

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

Wendy Doniger

Oxford University Press

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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