a classical dictionary of hindu mythology and religion geography history and literature
IN this work an endeavor has been made to supply the long-felt want of a Hindu Classical Dictionary. The late Professor Wilson projected such a work, and forty years ago announced his intention of preparing one for the Oriental Translation Fund, but he never accomplished his design.
The main portion of this work consists of mythology,but religion is bound up with mythology, and in the two are quite inseparable. Of history, in the true sense, Sanskrit possesses nothing, or next to nothing,but what little has been discovered here finds its place.The chief geographical names of the old writers also have received notice, and their localities and identifications are described so far as present knowledge extends. Lastly, short descriptions have been given of the most frequently mentioned Sanskrit books, but only of such books as are likely to be found named in the works of European writers.