Tales, Symbols and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent
By (author) Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
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Indian Mythology by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
Book DescriptionFrom 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 Mythologyexplores 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780892818709
(235mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
Man Who Was a Woman and Other Queer Tales from Hindu Lore, Hardback (January 2002)
Pattanaik's academic background is in medicine and medical writing, but his specialty has turned out to be mythology and its relevance in modern society. Here he compiles some 60 subversive Indian folk tales and other lore relating to sex and gender. His extensive introduction argues against a norma
Goddess in India, Paperback (August 2000)» View all books by Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
In this wide-reaching exploration of ancient lore and legends, Pattanaik investigates the evolution of the goddess cult in India over the course of 4,000 years. Forty color photos illustrate many stories of goddess lore never before available in one collection.
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Author Biography - Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik
A medical doctor by training, Devdutt Pattanaik moved away from clinical practice to nurture his passion for mythology. His books include The Goddess in India and introductions to Shiva, Vishnu, and Devi. He lives in Mumbai, India, where he works as a health communicator and writes and lectures on Hindu narratives, art, rituals, and philosophy.
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