A work in progress.
Dandade, Neal. Mango Chutney on Mesa Street. My cheerful, cosmopolitan characterization of Gaṇeśa comes from this one-man show about growing up in El Paso, Texas.
Doniger, Wendy, translator. The Rig Veda. Penguin Group, 1981. My primary source for Agni, Indra, Sūrya, Varuṇa, Vāyu, and Yamarāja.
Jayadeva. Gītāgovinda. Translated by Barbara Stoler Miller, Columbia University Press, 1997.
Patel, Sanjay. Ramayana: the Divine Loophole. Chronicle Books, 2010. Beautiful picture-book adaptation of Vālmīki's Ramāyāṇa by a Pixar animator, the same guy behind the also Scion-relevant "Sanjay's Super Team."
Vyāsa. The Mahābhārata. Edited and translated by JAB van Buitenen, University of Chicago Press, 1980. Together with the Ramāyāṇa, this epic is the heart of how I imagine Scion.
Lǎozǐ. I have a
Wú Chéng'ēn. Journey to the West. One of the three great Chinese epics, this was my primary source for the Monkey King and for the shén's Tiānmìng pantheon-specific purview. If you read it, the Anthony C Yu version is the best—but Běijīng opera adaptations are even better.
Yang Lihui and An Deming. Handbook of Chinese Mythology.
Loa and Orisha
Olupona, Jacob K. City of 201 Gods.
Thompson, Robert Farris. Flash of the Spirit. This book is purportedly about art, but is actually an excellent introduction to West African and Afro-Atlantic religion in general.
Vega, Marta Moreno. The Altar of My Soul.