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Myth = Mithya - A Handbook of Hindu Mythology
Myth = Mithya - A Handbook of Hindu Mythology

Myth = Mithya - A Handbook of Hindu Mythology

by Devdutt Pattanaik

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English

Publisher

Penguin

ISBN

9780143099703 - Year: 2006/23 - Pages: 212

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Paperback

Devdutt Pattanaik
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Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2006/23
Language: English
Pages: 212
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780143099703

Description

Hindus have one God. They also have 330 million gods: male gods, female gods, personal gods, family gods, household gods, village gods, gods of space and time, gods for specific castes and particular professions, gods who reside in trees, in animals, in minerals, in geometrical patterns and in man-made objects. Then there are a whole host of demons. But no Devil.

In this groundbreaking book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik, one of India’s most popular mythologists, seeks an answer to these apparent paradoxes and unravels an inherited truth about life and death, nature and culture, perfection and possibility. He retells sacred Hindu stories and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals, using a unique style of commentary, illustrations and diagrams.

We discover why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all except Yudhishtira) were sent to hell; why Rama despite abandoning the innocent Sita remains the model king; why the blood-drinking Kali is another form of the milk-giving Gauri; and why Shiva wrenched off the fifth head of Brahma.

Constructed over generations, Hindu myths serve as windows to the soul, and provide an understanding of the world around us. The aim is not to outgrow myth, but to be enriched and empowered by its ancient, potent and still relevant language.

Contents

AUTHOR’S NOTE

How to Read This Book - Author’s Recommendation

INTRODUCTION -Myth=Mithya
In which the meaning of myth, its value and expression are elaborated

The Circle of Brahma and Saraswati
In which the nature of the universe is explored

The Square of Vishnu and Lakshmi
In which the cultural codes and distinguished from natural laws

The Point of Shiva and Shakti
In which the soul is realized and matter validated

GLOSSARY OF NON-ENGLISH WORDS

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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