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An exploration of 99 classic myths of India from an entirely non Western paradigm that provides a fresh understanding of the Hindu spiritual landscape Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the stories of the Bible, ancient Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia Looks at the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and art of ancient India are still vibrant today and inform the contemporary generationFrom the blood letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu spiritual landscape is populated by characters that find no parallel in the Western spiritual world Indian Mythology explores the rich tapestry of these characters within 99 classic myths, showing that the mythological world of India can be best understood when we move away from a Western, monotheistic mindset and into the polytheistic world of Hindu traditions.Featuring 48 artistic renderings of important mythological figures from across India, the author unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and artwork of ancient India to reveal the tension between world affirming and world rejecting ideas, between conformism and contradiction, between Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali This groundbreaking book opens the door to the unknown and exotic, providing a glimpse into the rich mythic tradition that has empowered millions of human beings for centuries....

Title : Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent
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ISBN : 0892818700
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Inner Traditions April 28, 2003
Number of Pages : 216 pages
File Size : 581 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent Reviews

  • Satya J. Palit
    2019-02-15 00:49

    I consider Devdutt Pattanaik to be a first in a generation of modern thinkers in India. His understanding and writings throw a new light in looking at India's culture and history. I have read his book, Jaya. Indian Mythology is a must read for those who are interested in this subject.

  • Raj K.
    2019-02-10 23:01

    Must have excellent pictures and descriptions

  • Wilson Harpe
    2019-02-02 22:03

    Very well written. Great insights and intelligently explained their mythology and history as well. Glad I found it!

  • nina martinez
    2019-02-01 03:13

    I would recommend this book---- life skills!!!!! the Indian Tales are a great read .Quick and easy reading that I found very enjoyable.

  • dheepa sundaram
    2019-02-05 23:49

    good introduction to Hindu mythology and myths

  • Sandeep
    2019-02-16 23:53

    Devdutt has become like a guru to me, when it comes to understanding the meaning of Hindu Culture& Rituals. This is his 6th book I have read on Kindle, and In many ways found it to be a extension of Myth=Mythya, but in further detail.

  • Ranee R.
    2019-01-29 06:01

    Extremely informative. As a classical Indian dancer, I find this book very useful. Not only does it inform about mythology but explains the relevance of each belief, story or saying.

  • N. Jacques
    2019-01-24 23:00

    The folklore of ancient India is replete with violence and sexual episodes, but not in the sense of "R" rated descriptions in the modern sensibilities. I found his sympathy for the Kuru's actions disconcerting however. Thoroughly enjoyed the writing style and how the book was organized. Although I am not an academic, I have been studying this material for about six years so some of my preconceived notions about the conflict were challenged.