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This index presents a list of ancient author names and terms that are mentioned in the book Sarasvatī Riverine Goddess of Knowledge. The Indian Sarasvatī has been the subject of a number of studies, which may be divided into three broad categories: textual, art historical, and a combination of the two. The conceptual development of Sarasvatī is examined in the present work through textual sources, artistic representations, and inscriptions. The time period covered stretches from sometime after 1750 B.C.E. with the Ṛg Veda, the earliest textual source on the goddess Sarasvatī, to ca. 700 C.E. with the early Puranas and images of the goddess, as well as with the last Chinese translation of Sutra of Golden Light by Yijing in 703.

Keywords: Ṛg Veda; goddess Sarasvatī; Sutra of Golden Light

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