Bibliography on Janamejaya's Snake Sacrifice and Nagas
Compiled by Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University
Sources focused on the Mahabharata and other Sanskrit sources
Brodbeck, Simon. forthcoming in Religions of South Asia journal: "Janamejaya's big brother: new light on the Mahabharata's frame story."
Gail, Adalbert. Parasurama: Brahmane und Krieger
Goldman. R. Gods, Priest and Warriors: The Bhrgus of the Mahabharata
Doniger (O'Flaherty), Wendy, "Horses and Snakes in the Adi Parvan of the Mahabharata" (in Margaret Case and N. Gerald Barrier, eds., Aspects of India: Essays in Honor of Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. New Delhi: Manohar, 1986. pp. 16-44)
Doniger, Wendy, ed. Purana Perennis: Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts
Karve, Irawati. Yuganta: The End of an Epoch
Kosambi, D. D. "The Autochthonous Element in the Mahabharata," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 84 (1964): 31-44
Minkowski, Christopher. Snakes, Sattras, and the Mahabharata. In Essays in the Mahabharata, edited by A. Sharma, 384-400. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1991.
Minkowski, C. Z. "Janamejaya's Sattra and Ritual Structure," Journal of the American Oriental Society, 109 (1989): 401-420
Minkowski, C. Z. " The Interrupted Sacrifice and the Sanskrit Epics," Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (2001): 169-186.
Reich, Tamar C. "Sacrificial Violence and Textual Battles: Inner Textual Interpretation in the Sanskrit Mahabharata," History of Religions, 41 (2001): 142-169.
The Snake Sacrifice by Dr. Devdutt:
Snake Killings by Dr. Narendra Kohli:
(Note: Cut and paste the above into your browser's address bar to read the essay.)
Assorted sources dealing with nagas and naginis, as well as snakes in regional folk traditions
Bhatti, H.S. "Folk Religion: Change and Continuity"
Davis, Coralynn V. 2008. Pond-Women Revelations: The Subaltern Registers in Maithil Women's Expressive Forms. /Journal of American Folklore/ 121(481):286-318.
Logan, William, Malabar Manual.
Srinivasan, Doris M. " Monumental Naginis from Mathura" in On the Cusp of an Era : Art in the Pre-Kusana World , ed. D.M. Srinivasan , Brill ; 2007
diverse work on narrative traditions & worship of the snake-deity
& deified Rajput known variously in Rajasthan, Gujarat & Panjab as
Guga, Goga Bap-ji, and Kesariya Kanvar (John Cort can provide references)
Additionally on nagas
Ayrookuzhiel, A. M. Abraham. The Sacred in Popular Hinduism: an
Beal, Samuel, trans. Travels of Fah-Hian and Sung-Yun, Buddhist
Clarke, Hyde. "Note on Serpent and Siva Worship and Mythology in
Crooke, W. The Popular Religion and Folk-lore of Northern India. Vol.
Fergusson, James. Tree and Serpent Worship. 1868.
Howey, M. Oldfield. The Encircled Serpent; A Study of Serpent Symbolism
Kumari, Dr. Ved. The Nilamata Purana, Vol. 1 & 2. Srinagar: J &
Legge, James, trans. A Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms; being an account
Mundkur, Balaji. The Cult of the Serpent: An Interdisciplinary Survey
Panda, Sadhu Charan. Naga Cult in Orissa. Delhi: B. R. Publishing
Sharma, Brijendra Nath. Festivals of India. New Delhi; Abhinav
Sinha, Binod Chandra. Hinduism and Symbol Worship. Delhi: Agam Kala
Vogel, J. Ph. Indian Serpent-Lore; or, The Nagas in Hindu Legend and
Zimmer, Heinrich. Myths and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization.
Revised: July 08, 2009