Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy and Sister Nivedita (Margaret E Noble), Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists, London: George G Harrap and Company Ltd., 1913
pp.xii, 400, with 32 very fine colour plates including a frontispiece, all the plates by Indian artists such as Abanindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, K Venkatappa, Surendra Nath Kar, Kshitindra Nath Mazumdar and Asit Kumar Haldar all working under Tagore; finely printed with captioned tissue guards for plates; publisher's original pictorial cloth binding with image of GANESHA to the upper board, with gilt titles to spine, top edge gilt
9.8 x 7 x 2.6 in (24.5 x 17.5 x 6.5 cm)
A detailed work regarding the myths and legends of Hinduism and Buddhism. Stories included are, Ramayana, the Mahabharata, Krishna, Buddha, and Shiva, accompanied by extraordinary colour plates. Sister Nivedita, otherwise known as Margaret Elizabeth Noble, was a disciple of the Swami Vivekananda. Growing up in a deeply Christian family, Margaret began to doubt her faith, until meeting Swami Vivekananda and establishing her Hindu faith. Margaret then spent the rest of her life living and travelling around India. Along her travels, she opened a girls' school in Bagbazar, Calcutta, for girls who were deprived of a basic education. Additionally written by Ananda Coomaraswamy, the Ceylonese metaphysician and philosopher of Indian art.
The project was begun by Sister Nivedita, a Scots-Irish convert to Hinduism and a disciple of Swami Vivekananda, who died in 1911 before completion. Coomaraswamy completed the remaining two thirds of the work according to Nivedita's aims and wishes.