Untertitel: A handbook of Hindu Mythology
Klappentext: 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 (al 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 end empowered by its ancient, potent and still relevant language.
Aus dem Inhalt:
- Author´s note
- How to read this book: author´s recommendation
- Introduction: myth = mithya
- 1. The circle of Brahma and Saraswati
- 2. The square of Vishnu and Lakshmi
- 3. The point of Shiva and Shakti
- Glossary of non-english words