From its icy origins high in the Himalayas, the Ganges flows through the holy cities and the great plains of northern India to the Bay of Bengal. In a country where the red heat of summer inspires prayer for the coming monsoon, the life-giving waters of the Ganges have assumed legendary powers in the form of the Hindu goddess Ganga, the source of creation and abundance. Pilgrims flock to her shores to cleanse and purify themselves, to cure ailments and to die that much closer to paradise. Steven Darian writes of the human experience and the legendary myths that surround the Ganges. The inspiration of poets and artists for centuries, the mysterious Ganga is the essence of the Divine Mother bringing increase and salvation, but also death and destruction.
Steven G. Darian, professor of Linguistics and comparative literature at Rutgers University, holds a doctorate in linguistics from New Yor University and degrees in applied linguistics, Asian studies, and creative writing. He taught at Columbia University and with the Columbia Educational Project in Afghanistan and has contributed to major professional journals. His previous book was English as a Foreign Language.