This novel's cup doeth runneth over with references to Hinduism, Buddhism, and their respective mythologies. As such, we're only going to mention a few choice examples here for two major reasons: (1) Zelazny knows his mythology, so we're certain we've missed several hidden gems; and (2) almost every character is a shout-out to some mythological figure. If we named even just the ones we noticed, we'd be here all day.
Literary and Philosophical References
(Some) Mythology References
Pop Culture References
- Johann Stauss II, The Blue Danube (2.44, 2.48)
- Jack Judge, "It's a Long Way to Tipperary" (2.145)
- Kathakali Dancers (3.22)
- Irish Stand-down (6.338)