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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.

Specifications of Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Paperback)

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Author Devdutt Pattanaik
Book Details
Publisher PENGUIN INDIA
Imprint PENGUIN
Publication Year 2006
ISBN-13 9780143099703
ISBN-10 0143099701
Language English
Edition 1stEdition
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 227 Pages
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18 January 11
Mythology = Tautology= Junk book

This book is not mythology but full of tautology! Author a self proclaimed mythologist is just playing with empty words which does not mean anything much, but appears to make profound meaning. Most of the stories presented are hear say are neither properly categorized or classified . The interpretations are inconsistent and inaccurate and even childish. Even the diagrams, and flow chart appear vacuous just for the effect of appearing scholarly. Bibliography appears impressive at the end of the book, but it appears author has hardly read any of these else they would have reflected in his writing.
This book is certianly not a handbook of Hindu mythology by any imagination. Like any junk food which tastes good but contains no nutrition this book an be classified as junk book of mythology.

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05 September 10
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Enchanting book

It is first one of Dr Pattnaik for me.Quite an absorbing and reminded me of grandma and mom stories of younger days.
Well documented with reasoning and philosophy
I recommend the book even if one is athetist

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20 October 10
Myth = Mithya = Satya

The book was really a great learning experience.
explains logic of many a things which we have known / heard.
Must read for all who believe in God.

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03 November 10
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Underprepared

I found the book very under prepared. It is filled with tables and diagrams, an attempt to simplify the symbols but which makes it a textbook. The stories and instances from Hindu Mythology are also scanty in detail and leave you disappointed.

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17 November 10
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Beautifully written!

Hindu Mythology in itself is such huge that its not a joke to fit in all its important aspects in one single text. The author's attempt to do this is worth of an appreciation. I enjoyed reading the logic and reasoning given in this book and the simplifications in form of diagrams. I find the text interesting and a must read by everyone for that matter... The book has made 'Mythology' much more of an interest for me than it was before!

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I was looking for 'scientific explanation to myths' .... it was alll mixed up and messed up. lacked direction. the author said...

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