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ndian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent An exploration of... Read More

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ndian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent 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 generation. From 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.

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Title: Indian Mythology
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Inner Traditions
ISBN: 9781594770326
SKU: BK0286942
EAN: 9781594770326
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Reading age : All Age Groups

About Author

Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has, since 1996, written over fifty books and 1000 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art (Westland), Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin Random House), Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (Penguin Random House), Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana (Penguin Random House), Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths (Penguin Random House), Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management (Aleph Book Company), My Gita (Rupa Publications) and the Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik series (Penguin Random House). To know more, visit devdutt.com. Matthew Rulli is a former Marine and experienced registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500) from the USA. He has been studying Sanskrit and Eastern philosophy for over a decade. Matt felt the need for such a book amongst yoga enthusiasts and initiated this project by contacting Devdutt Pattanaik in 2017. Over the next two years, he listed asanas and served as the model, photographer and commentator for the 64 postures finally selected for this book.

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