Myth = Mithya: Decoding Hindu Mythology

Myth = Mithya: Decoding Hindu Mythology

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  • PATTANAIK, DEVDUTT, DR., DR. DEVDUTT PATTANAIK, Devdutt Pattanaik
  • English
Description
A decoding of Hindu mythologyHindus have one God.They also have 330 million gods: male gods; female gods; personal gods; family gods; household gods; village gods; gods of space and time; gods for specific castes and particular professions; gods who reside in trees; in animals; in minerals; in geometrical patterns and in man-made objects.Then there are a whole host of demons.But no Devil.In this groundbreaking book Dr Devdutt Pattanaik; one of India’s most popular mythologists; seeks an answer to these apparent paradoxes and unravels an inherited truth about life and death; nature and culture; perfection and possibility. He retells sacred Hindu stories and decodes Hindu symbols and rituals; using a unique style of commentary; illustrations and diagrams. We discover why the villainous Kauravas went to heaven and the virtuous Pandavas (all except Yudhishtira) were sent to hell; why Rama despite abandoning the innocent Sita remains the model king; why the blood-drinking Kali is another form of the milk-giving Gauri; and why Shiva wrenched off the fifth head of Brahma.Constructed over generations; Hindu myths serve as windows to the soul; and provide an understanding of the world around us. The aim is not to outgrow myth; but to be enriched and empowered by its ancient; potent and still relevant language.
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Specifications
Language
  • English
Publisher
  • Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN
  • 9788184750218
Publication Date
  • 2014-07-11
File Size
  • 4.43 MB
Ratings & Reviews
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5

Fascinating and entertaining

Mythologies 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 differen...
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Swagat Kumar

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Nov, 2013

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Must read.

A must read for all Hindus.
Know more about the Tridev and how they inspire and affect the world.
Hats off to the author Devdutt Patnaik.
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Mithil Mirkar

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May, 2015

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good read for those who havent read 7 secrets of shiva

if u have read seven secrets of shiva, this book might sound repetetive..a good compilation and interpretation of popular stories otherwise!
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Aruna chakravartula

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Sep, 2014

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Good read !!

The book unfolds a lot of myths about Hindu mythology. It made me aware about the Hindu version if the world creation. Knowledge about many Gods and gives meaning to a lot of Hindu rituals which are followed without knowing the actual meaning.
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Vishal Singh

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Sep, 2014

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good but Hindu knowledge is important

confusions about gods get cleared but some knowledge of Hinduism is required it is good for people who want to know the different gods
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Harish Nathan

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Apr, 2014

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Very Boring!!!

Very Boring!!! Not at all what it mentions in the summary. Waste of money!!! I recommend people not to buy and waste money.
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Aditya Zutshi

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Jan, 2014

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great treatise on understanding Indian myth and philosophy

loved the smooth and easy language used by the author in explaining sophisticated ideas of philosophy especially the deep thought around nature and culture their intermingling laws and thereby the birth of myth and related visualization
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Vishwanath Ramdas

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Dec, 2013

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Excellent Read

The complexities of hindu cullture demystified. Book explains in depth the various concepts of hinduism and its underlying details.
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Vinesh Udayakumar

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Dec, 2013

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