Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

Devdutt Pattanaik


An exploration of ninety nine vintage myths of India from a completely non-Western paradigm that offers a clean realizing of the Hindu non secular landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the tales of the Bible, historical Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia

• seems to be on the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia

• Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and paintings of historic India are nonetheless brilliant this present day and tell the modern generation

From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu non secular panorama is populated by way of characters that locate no parallel within the Western non secular international. Indian Mythology explores the wealthy tapestry of those characters inside of ninety nine vintage myths, displaying that the mythological international of India may be most sensible understood once we circulate clear of a Western, monotheistic approach and into the polytheistic international of Hindu traditions.

Featuring forty eight inventive renderings of significant mythological figures from throughout India, the writer unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and paintings of old India to bare the strain among world-affirming and world-rejecting rules, among conformism and contradiction, among Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking booklet opens the door to the unknown and unique, offering a glimpse into the wealthy mythic culture that has empowered thousands of humans for hundreds of years.

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