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By Devdutt Pattanaik

An exploration of ninety nine vintage myths of India from a completely non-Western paradigm that gives a clean realizing of the Hindu religious landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the tales of the Bible, old Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia
• appears to be like on the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia
• Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and paintings of historical India are nonetheless vivid this day and tell the modern generation

From the blood-letting Kali to the mysterious Ganesha, the Hindu non secular panorama is populated by way of characters that locate no parallel within the Western non secular global. Indian Mythology explores the wealthy tapestry of those characters inside ninety nine vintage myths, exhibiting that the mythological international of India should be most sensible understood once we flow clear of a Western, monotheistic attitude and into the polytheistic international of Hindu traditions.

Featuring forty eight inventive renderings of vital mythological figures from throughout India, the writer unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and art of old India to bare the strain among world-affirming and world-rejecting rules, among conformism and contradiction, among Shiva and Vishnu, Krishna and Rama, Gauri and Kali. This groundbreaking ebook opens the door to the unknown and unique, offering a glimpse into the wealthy mythic culture that has empowered hundreds of thousands of humans for hundreds of years.

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For instance, the Osages, a tribe of the plains of North America, look upon the ritual arrangement of their camp as “the form and the spirit of a perfect man” who faces the East in times of peace; “. . ”25 The important thing is that the encampment, arranged in a “camp-circle”, is a picture of the whole cosmos: the half of the tribe which is situated to the Northward represents Heaven, while the other half living on the South side symbolizes the Earth. The fact that the ritual bounds of the area are in this case in the shape of a circle and not, as in the case of a temple, a square or a rectangle, is explained by the “style” of the nomadic life, and in no way invalidates the analogy in question.

Mandalas of nine and of four divisions There are two mandalas that are specially favored for the symbolical plan of the temple, one with 64 lesser squares and one with 81. It should be noted that the numbers 64 and 81 are sub-multiples of the fundamental cyclical number 25,920, the number of years comprised in a complete precession of the equinoxes: 64 x 81 x 5 = 25,920. The factor 5 corresponds to the cycle of five lunar-solar years (samvatsara). The precession of the equinoxes is the ultimate measure of the cosmos, and in itself it is only measurable in terms of lesser cycles.

Brihadishwara Temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, 11th century 32 Foundations of Oriental Art & Symbolism Most modern constructions on the contrary can show only a purely “additive” unity, while they present a regularity in their detail that is “inhuman”—because it is apparently absolute—as if it were a question, not of “reproducing” the transcendent model using the means available to man, but of “replacing” it by a sort of magic copy in complete conformity with it, which implies a Luciferian confusion between the material form and the ideal or “abstract” form.

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