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Drawing on both Eastern and Western literature, this is an anthology of stories linked by the theme of conflict with the forces of evil. Beginning with a tale from the Arabian Nights , this theme unfolds in stories from early Hinduism, Irish paganism, the Arthurian cycle and other legends.
The noted Indologist Heinrich Zimmer, born in Germany in 1890, came to the United States in 1940, at the height of his career, and was lecturing at Columbia University when he died in 1943. His other works in the Bollingen series include Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization and Philosophies of India.