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Most links in this section of our website point to "Sacred-Texts" website which is a freely available non-profit archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, in some cases, in the original language. This site has no particular agenda other than promoting religious tolerance and scholarship. 

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Sacred Books of the East

The Upanishads
by Eknath Easwaran (Translator)
Mahabharata (The Condensed Version of the World's Greatest Epic)
by Krishna Dharma (Editor), Krishna Dharma (Editor)


Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom
by Krishna Dharma
Confucius: The Analects
by Confucius, D. C. Lau (Translator)


Bhagavad Gita
by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
Another translation:
Bhagavad-Gita As It Is: With the Original Sanskrit Text Roman Transliteration English Equivalence Translation and Elaborate Purports

by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The Rig Veda: An Anthology: One Hundred and Eight Hymns, Selected, Translated and Annotated (Classic)
by Wendy Doniger (Editor), Thomas Wyatt, Wendy D. O'Flaherty (Editor)
Commentaries on the Vedas, the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita: The Three Branches of India's Life-Tree
by Sri Chinmoy

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Internet Sacred Text Archive CD-ROM
by John B. Hare

The Internet Sacred Text Archive is available on CD-ROM. For just $49.95, you get a disk packed with over 500 complete books and articles. The disk includes all of the scriptures of the major world religions, as well as other books on religion, mythology, folklore, traditional wisdom, the esoteric, and the mysterious.

The CD can be used on any PC or Macintosh with a standard web browser.

There are over 11,000 separate files on the CD, totaling 230 megabytes, the equivalent of about 100,000 printed pages of text. All of the texts on the CD have been verified to be in the public domain. Each index page on the CD-ROM has a link to the equivalent page at sacred texts, so you can check for new material.

Special CD-ROM bonuses
The CD-ROM has bonus material not available at the website for space reasons: it's like the 'directors cut'! Included are:

  • The text of all of Shakespeares' plays and poems, including both modern and First Folio editions.

  • Texts by historically important philosphers; including books by Berkeley, Descartes, Emerson, Epictetus, Hegel, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, John Stuart Mill, Nietzsche, Blaise Pascal, Plato, Thoreau, and Voltaire, and others.


Fetichism in West Africa; R.H. Nassau * Notes on the Folklore of the Fjort; R.E. Dennett * Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria; E. Dayrell * Hausa Folk-Lore; M. Shaihua, R.S. Rattray * Jamaica Anansi Stories; M.W. Beckwith * At the Back of the Black Man's Mind; R. E. Dennett * Myths and Legends of the Bantu; A. Werner * J.J. WILLIAMS: Psychic Phenomena of Jamaica; * Voodoo and Obeahs * South-African Folk-Tales; J.A. Hone * Specimens of Bushmen Folklore; Bleek & Lloyd *Woman's Mysteries of a Primitive People; D.A. Talbot * Xhosa Folk-Tales; G.M. Theal * Yoruba-Speaking Peoples; A.B. Ellis ALCHEMY Triumphal Chariot of Antimony; Basil Valentine * Golden Chain of Homer *Emerald Tablet of Hermes * Glory of the World * Six Keys of Eudoxus * Freher's Process in the Philosophical Work * The Golden Tractate of Hermes Trismegistus * Hermetic Arcanum * Concerning the Philosophical Stone * Testament of Cremer * Remonstration of Nature * Glory of the World * Golden Tract * Tract of Great Price * Hermetic Museum; A.E. Waite * Hortulanus Commentary on the Emerald Tablet * Stone of the Philosophers; E. Kelly * Mary the Prophetess * Alchemical Mass * Mirror of Alchemy * PARACELSUS: Coelum philosophorum * Treasure of Treasures for Alchemists; * Book Concerning The Tincture Of The Philosophers * The Aurora of the philosophers * On the Philadelphian Gold * Tract on the Tincture and Oil of Antimony; Roger Bacon * Alchemical Catechism * Turba Philosophorum AMERICANA Pow-wows or, Long Lost Friend; J.G. Hohman ANCIENT NEAR EAST Adapa and the Food of Life, R.W. Rogers * Legends of Babylonia and Egypt; Leonard W. King * Enuma Elish; Leonard W. King * Babylonian Story of the Deluge and the Epic of Gilgamish; E.A.W. Budge * The Code of Hammurabi; L.W. King * Descent Of The Goddess Ishtar Into The Lower World; M. Jastrow * The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria; T.G. Pinches * The Seven Evil Spirits, R.C. Thompson AGE OF REASON CLARENCE DARROW: Absurdities of the Bible * Facing Life Fearlessly * On Religion * Why I Am An Agnostic * Charles Darwin: Voyage of the Beagle; * The Descent of Man * Origin of Species * TOM PAINE: The Age Of Reason; * An Essay On Dream * Biblical Blasphemy * Examination Of The Prophecies; * MARK TWAIN: Letters From The Earth; * The War Prayer * What Is Man; ATLANTIS IGNATIUS DONNELLY: Atlantis the Antediluvian World * Ragnarok: The Age of Fire and Gravel * The Story of Atlantis; W. Scott-Elliot * Vril, The Power of the Coming Race; E. Bulwer-Lytton AUSTRALIA K. LANGLOH PARKER: Australian Legendary Tales; * The Euahlayi Tribe * Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia; B. Spencer * Australian Legends; C.W. Peck * Some Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines; W.E. Thomas BIBLE The King James Version Bible * Greek New Testament * Jewish Publication Society Bible * Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) voweled and unvoweled * The Vulgate (Latin) Bible BUDDHISM Buddhism in Tibet; E. Schlaginteweit * Buddhism in Translations; H.C. Warren * Buddha, The Gospel; Paul Carus * Buddha, The Word * Dialogues of the Buddha (The Dgha-Nikya); T.W. Rhys Davids * Gleanings In Buddha Fields; Lafcadio Hearn * The Lotus Sutra; H. Kern * Manual of Zen Buddhism; D.T. Suzuki * Religion of the Samurai; K. Nukariya * Dhammapada; F. Max Mller * Buddhist Suttas; T.W. Rhys Davids * Buddhist Mahyna Texts; E.B Cowell, Max Mller, and J. Takakusu * Book of Tea; Kakuzo Okakura CONFUCIANISM Art of War; Lionel Giles * JAMES LEGGE: Confucian Analects * Great Learning * The Doctrine of the Mean * L K * Mencius CHRISTIANITY Second Helvetic Confession * Apocrypha * Apostles' Creed * Athanasian Creed * Confessions, Saint Augustine * Baltimore Catechism * Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan * Unitarian Christianity, William Ellery Channing * DANTE: Divine Comedy (English, Italian) * Writings of the Early Church Fathers * Heidelberg Catechism * The Corpus Hermeticum, G.R.S. Mead * MARTIN LUTHER: 95 Theses * Three Walls Of The Romanists * Of The Matters To Be Considered In The Councils * Respecting The Reformation Of The Christian Estate * Christ's Holy Sufferings * Enemies of the Cross of Christ * Christ Our Great High Priest * The Large Catechism * Twofold Use of the Law & Gospel: Letter & Spirit * Of The Office of Preaching * Small Catechism * The Parable of the Sower * On Faith & Coming to Christ * The Wheat & The Tares * Book of Martyrs, John Foxe * Paradise Lost and Regained, John Milton * Liturgy of the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands * Church Order (Reformed Churches of the Netherlands) * Nicene Creed * Shaker Compendium, F.W. Evans * Synod of Dordrecht * Gospel of Thomas * Westminster Shorter Catechism * Westminster Larger Catechism * The Westminster Confession of Faith CLASSICS AESCHYLUS: Agamemnon * The Choephori * Eumenides * The Persians * Prometheus Bound * The Seven Against Thebes * The Suppliants * The Fables, Aesop * The Age of Fable, Thomas Bulfinch * Hymn To Demeter * On the Nature of Things, Lucretius * HESIOD: The Theogony * Works and Days * HOMER AND HOMERICA: Iliad * Odyssey * The Aethiopis * The Cypria *Fragments of the Epic Cycle * The Battle of Frogs and Mice * Homeric Fragments * Contest of Homer and Hesiod * The Homeric Hymns * The Sack of Ilium * The Little Iliad * The Returns and The Telegony * OVID: Amores, Ars Amatoria, Remedia Amoris, Medicamina Faciei Femineae * The Metamorphoses * The Sayricon, Petronius * PLATO: Charmides, Or Temperance * Cratylus * Critias * Crito * Euthydemus * Euthyphro * Gorgias * Ion * Laches * Laws * Lysis * Meno * Parmenides * Phaedo * Phaedrus * Philebus * Protagoras * Republic * Seventh Letter * Sophist * Statesman * Symposium * Theaetetus * Timaeus * Poems Of Sappho * Sibylline Oracles * VIRGIL: Aeneid * Eclogues * Georgics EGYPT E.A.W. BUDGE: Egyptian Book of the Dead * History of Creation * Legend of the Destruction of Mankind * Legend of Horus of Behutet * Hymn to Osiris and a Legend of the Origin of Horus * Legend of Ptah Nefer-Hetep and the Princess of Bekhten * Legend of Ra and Isis ESOTERIC Calls of Enoch * Principia Discrodia * Temporary Autonomous Zone, Hakim Bey * Book of the Damned, Charles Fort * Sixth and Seventh Book of Moses HINDUISM Rig Veda (English, Sanskrit) * The Upanishads, M. Mller * Atharva-Veda * Samaveda * The Yajur Veda * Ramayana and Mahabharata, R. Dutt * Bhagavad-Gita * Laws of Manu * Sanskrit Dictionary * Dharma Sutras * Songs of Kabr * Gitanjali, Tagore, W. B. Yeats * A Vedic Reader, A.A. Macdonell * The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali I CHING I Ching. J. Legge ISLAM, SUFIISM The Gulistan of Sa'di * Manual of Hadith * Teachings of Hafiz * Kasdah of Hj Abd El-Yezd, Burton * Rubayyat of Omar Khayyam * Masanavi of Rumi * Mishkat al-Anwar, al-Ghazzali * Mystics of Islam, R.A. Nicholson * Qur'an, E.H. Palmer * Qur'an, M.M. Pickthall * Transliterated Arabic Qur'an * Alchemy of Happiness, Al-Ghazzali JAINISM Akaranga Sutra * Kalpa Sutra JUDAISM Reform Judaism-A Centenary Perspective * Reform Judaism-1885 * Jewish Articles of Faith * The Columbus Platform: Guiding Principles Of Reform Judaism * Siphra Dtzenioutha: Book of Concealed Mystery, M.M. Mathers * Hebraic Literature: Translations from the Talmud, Midrashim and Kabbala, M.H. Harris * Introduction to The Kabbalah Unveiled, S.L.M. Mathers * Maimonides: Ani Maamin - I believe... * Midrash Tanhuma * Studies in Judaism-The Dogmas of Judaism, Solomon Schechter * Reconstructionist Judaism-The Thirteen (13) Wants, M. Kaplan MORMONISM Book of Mormon * Mormon Doctrine & Covenants * Articles of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints * Pearl of Great Price (Mormon) NATIVE AMERICAN Rig Veda Americanus, D. Brinton * Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest, K.B. Judson * , A.L. KROEBER: Religion of the Indians of California * Indiam Myths of South Central California * J. MOONEY: Myths of the Cherokee * Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee * Cherokee Ball Play * The Soul of the Indian, C. Eastman * Traditions of the Hopi, H.R. Voth * DE GAMBOA: The Shepherd And The Daughter Of The Sun * Viracocha And The Coming Of The Incas * Death Of Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui * The Festival of The Sun * Three Inca Prayers, P.A. Means * The Code of Handsome Lake, the Seneca Prophet, A.C. Parker * The Iroquois Book of Rites, H.E. Hale * Indian Why Stories, F. Linderman * L. SPENCE: The Myths of Mexico and Peru * The Popul Vuh, L. Spence * The Dn: Origin Myths of the Navaho Indians, A. O'Bryan * Old Indian Legends, Zitkala-Sa * Myths and Legends of the Sioux, M. L. McLaughlin * Many Swans: Sun Myth of the North American Indians, A. Lowell * Tales of the North American Indians, S. Thompson * The Walam Olum * RUTH BUNZEL: Zui Origin Myths * Zui Ritual Poetry * Introduction to Zu Ceremonialism Ruth * F.H. CUSHING: Outline of Zui Mytho-Sociologic Organization * Zui Fetiches * Remarks on Shamanism * Form * Corn Raising * Clowns, Priests, and Festivals of the K'-k * Creation and the Origin of Corn * Zui Folk Tales SAGAS AND LEGENDS Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, English) * The Complete Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Poetry * The Thousand and One Nights, Burton * Celtic Fairy Tales, J. Jacobs * AUGUSTA GREGORY Cuchulain of Muirtheme * Visions and Beliefs in the West of Ireland * Gods and Fighting Men * The Fairy-Faith in Celtic Countries, W.Y. Evans Wentz * Fairy Legends and Traditions, T.C. Croker * Irish Fairy Tales, J. Stephens * More Celtic Fairy Tales, J. Jacobs * Myths and Folklore of Ireland, J. Curtain * Myths and Legends of the Celtic Race, T. Rolleston * The Welsh Fairy Book, W. J. Thomas * Britsh Goblins, Wirt Sikes * The Lay of the Cid * DETROYES: Cliges * Erec et Enide * The High History of the Holy Graal * The Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Tin B Calnge) * Grimm's Household Tales * Heimskringla or The Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, Snorri Sturlson * Heroic Romances of Ireland, A.H. Leahy * Kalevala (English and Finnish), Elias Lnnrot * The Thousand and One Nights, A. Lang * Mabinogion, Charlotte Guest * Le Morte d'Arthur, Thomas Malory * The Nibelungenlied * The Story of Burnt Njal * The Volsunga Saga, William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson * The Poetic Edda * The Prose Edda, Snorri Sturlson * The Danish History of Saxo Grammaticus * The Shahnama, Firdausi OAHSPE Oahspe, J.B. Newbrough PACIFIC Polynesian Mythology, G. Grey * W.D. WESTERVELT: Legends of Maui * Hawaiian Legends of Ghosts and Ghost-Gods * Hawaiian Legends of Old Honolulu * Hawaiian Legends of Volcanoes * The Kumulipo, A Hawaiian Creation Chant, Martha W. Beckwith * Maori Religion and Mythology, E. Shortland PAGANISM, WICCA Aradia, or the Gospel of the Witches, C. G. Leland * Golden Bough, James Frazer * Dmonologie, King James the First * The Key of Solomon, S.L.M. Mathers * Malleus Maleficarum * Veil of Isis or Mysteries of the Druids, W.W. Reade * Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, Walter Scott * Witch Cult in Western Europe, Margaret Murray PHILOSOPHY A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge, Berkeley * The Discourse of Rene Descartes, Descartes * EMERSON: An Address, July 15, 1838 * The American Scholar * The Conduct of Life * The Conservative * English Traits * Essays * Lecture On The Times * Literary Ethics * Man The Reformer * The Method of Nature * Nature; Adresses, and Lectures * Representative Men * The Transcendalist * Uncollected Prose * The Young American * The Discourses, Epictetus * Science of Logic, Hegel * Leviathan, Hobbes * An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding, Hume * KANT: The Critique of Judgement * The Critique of Practical Reason * The Critique of Pure Reason * Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals * Introduction to the Metaphysic of Morals * The Metaphysical Elements of Ethics * The Science of Right * The Monadology, Leibniz * Communist Manifesto, Marx * J.S. MILL: On Liberty * Representative Government * Utilitarianism * The Subjection of Women * Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche * The Provincial Letters, Pascal * Pensees, Pascal * THOREAU: Civil Disobedience * Life Without Principle * A Plea for Captain John Brown * Slavery in Massachusetts * Walden, or Life in the Woods * Candide, Voltaire * Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft PIRI RE'IS Piri Re'is Map SHAMANISM Animism, G.W. Gilmore * Shamanism in Siberia, M. A. Czaplicka * Shaman, Saiva and Sufi, R.O. Winstedt SHINTO L.HEARN: In Ghostly Japan * Japan, An Attempt at Interpretation * Kwaidan * The Kojiki, B.H. Chamberlain * The Nihongi, W.G. Ashton * The Yengishiki SIKHISM Shri Guru Granth Sahib * The Sikh Religion Vol. 1, M.A. MacAuliffe SHAKESPEARE Complete Plays and Poems of William Shakespeare (Modern and First Folio versions) TAOISM The Texts of Taoism, J. Legge * Tao Te Ching, James Legge * T'ai-Shang Kan-Ying P'ien, Teitaro Suzuki and Paul Carus * Taoist Teachings Translated from the Book of Lieh-Tz, L. Giles TAROT The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, A.E. Waite THEOSOPHY The Secret Doctrine, H. P. Blavatsky TIMELINE Timeline: Origin of World Religions, J.B.Hare * Timeline: Sacred Texts, J.B.Hare WOMEN, GODDESSES Clothed With The Sun, Anna Bonus Kingsford * The Woman's Bible, Elizabeth Cady Stanton * Woman and the New Race, Margaret Sanger ZOROASTRIANISM The Venddd * Pahlavi Texts, E.W. West * Khorda Avesta, James Darmesteter * Dadestan-i Denig, E.W. West * Menog-i Khrad, E.W. West * Avesta Fragments, L.H. Mills * Visperad, L.H. Mills * Yasna, L.H. Mills



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