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Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology is a guide to unravel and understand the many myths and legends and the symbolism of the Hindu religion.
Summary Of The Book
Hinduism can be a puzzle or even an enigma to the uninitiated. There are so many different beliefs, so many rituals and so many myths and legends, it can be hard to follow. Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology is an attempt by the author to shed light on this seeming tangle, to show the deeper meanings of the different stories. He explains about the Hindu Trinity and their Divine Consorts. He also goes into the puzzle of why Hindus believe in one Supreme Reality and yet claim the existence of 330 million Gods.
The book explains concepts like the Pitr, Jiva, and about the Devas and the Asuras. He explains the significance of various rituals. He discusses how the warrior-like Kali and the benign Gauri are different forms of the same Goddess. He also compares the roles and the powers of the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. He goes into the idea behind the various avatars or incarnations of the Preserver, Vishnu. He examines why the Rama and Krishna avatars have assumed such significance.
Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology also compares the two major epics, The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. It analyzes why the two avatars in the epics, Rama and Krishna, were so different. It shows that the age that these epics were set in demanded different perspectives to handle similar situations. This book is not a continuous narrative, it does not read like a novel. Instead, it is a source of reference for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the stories and rituals and symbols that permeate the Hindu faith. The book is not aimed just at those who are non-Hindus. Even those who have been brought up in the Hindu faith can gain some deeper insights into their customs and beliefs through this book. Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu Mythology also includes illustrations which are drawn by the author.
About Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik is a physician who turned his love for Indian mythology into his profession. Other books by this author include The Goddess In India: The Five Faces Of The Eternal Feminine, The Man Who Was A Woman And Other Queer Tales Of Hindu Lore, Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, And Rituals From The Heart Of The Subcontinent, and Hanuman: An Introduction.
Devdutt Pattanaik was born in 1970 in Mumbai. He graduated from Grant Medical College. He worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry for around 14 years. He then decided to use his passion for Hindu Mythology to write about it and use the stories as the base for teaching about leadership skills. He was invited to speak at the first TED Conference in India. He also did a show called Business Sutra on CNBC-TV18. This show taught business lessons from stories and incidents in The Ramayana and The Mahabharata.
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Oct 2, 2014
Ideal Book for Beginners
Sep 26, 2014
good read for those who havent read 7 secrets of shiva
Sep 21, 2014
Nice and worthy :-)
Oct 14, 2011
Excellent book to readRecently I've purchase this book and now it became a trouble for me. As my mother is unable to read or understand English, so every day I've to read and explain two or three stories every day in Hindi. Somewhere she found something to comment as some stories she had already heard in her childhood but many are very new for her.
Nov 18, 2011
Brilliant for the Amateurs!!!This was the first mythology book I ever bought reading the reviews in Flipkart. And believe me, it won't disappoint you, if you are not much into mythology. The strength of the book is it's presentation-lucid and attractive, with pictures and tables for comparisons. You will surely find yourself enriched with knowledge by the time you finish. Eager to read the rest of his books. It will be a good read(and a gift) for both children and adults.
Sep 12, 2012
A very informative readFirst when I started reading this book, I assumed that this would be filled with heavy mythological facts that will make me snore. But once I started reading further and further, turned out that I really enjoyed reading it.
Oct 3, 2011
Myth = Mithya: A Handbook Of Hindu MythologyGood insight of Hindu mythology for today's youth, presented in short stories...............................................................
Nov 22, 2013
Fascinating and entertainingMythologies are not lies. The facts have been exaggerated with a purpose to keep them alive forever. It is a way to pass on the messages and teachings from one generation to another which continued for several generations from mouth-to-ear in absence of any written medium of communication. The author corroborates this very fact by telling and explaining various mythological stories. In the process, we get to know about various philosophical terms and their meanings. For instance, the difference between purusha and prakriti or difference between Kali and Gauri, Shiva and Vishnu ... and so on. i… (Expand)
Jan 25, 2013
Indeed a true HandbookTo begin with I must say that Hindu mythology is not history. Like the mythology of any other culture, Hindu mythology is also a collection of stories at times completely contradictory and at times utterly confusing. Mythology can never be a chronological record of data. Further, there is a very thin line dividing mythology from philosophy. We should not mistake this book for a historical record or philosophical treatise. Unfortunately some people expect mythology to be history and then fail to see the book in its true colour. The book is not pedantic but explanatory and tries to build a commo… (Expand)
Jan 28, 2012
You will not see Hindus the same way after you read this.If you have not enough knowledge about Hindu mythology (Gods, Goddesses and Athman) then this book is for you. Its great, in fact its awesome. The facts shown here and the small paraphrases are minimalistic and upto the point so that it can make you understand the basics of hindu Gods and Goddessess.
Jan 24, 2012
full of factsI am generally on a lookout for mythology books. At least this one sounds interesting. And the facts were presented quite unbiasedly. Even if there are more scholarly writers on hindu mythology and interpret it, no one writes it in objective manner and leave spiritual meaning to the reader. all other authors rty to influence reader's mind by passing judgement that "wow hinduism is great". For not doing this "influencing" thing, i commend Pattnaik. However, observation of other readers that this book is under-prepared is also true. But I enjoyed reading it that way also. At least the facts mesm… (Expand)
Jan 5, 2012
Book for every IndianThis book is about understanding Hindu mythology and its relevance in today's time. Mythology was never so much fun till the time I started reading books from Devdutt. Author's indepth research and hard work has resulted in such a great book. I strongly recommend this book for all readers who are interested in mythology and also to those readers who are not. Go, read and enjoy!!!
Geetha Sunil Pillai
Jan 3, 2012
an engaging bookThe author's deep interest, passion and knowledge about Hindu Mythology truly reflects in this little book. Compact in size and handy, it is an ideal Travel read. One does not need to follow the chronological order to enjoy it. Any page opened, it catches the eyes and the reader can find himself herself engrossed in the particular story. This book reminds one of his/her childhood days when granny used to narrate the Rakshas Devas stories. I recommend it sincerely for a light and informative read for people in all age brackets.