The national bestseller, now available in a non-illustrated, standard format paperback edition The Power of Myth launched an extraordinary resurgence of interest in Joseph Campbell and his work. A preeminent scholar, writer, and teacher, he has had a profound influence on millions of people--including Star Wars creator George Lucas. To Campbell, mythology was the “song of the universe, the music of the spheres.” With Bill Moyers, one of America’s most prominent journalists, as his thoughtful and engaging interviewer, The Power of Myth touches on subjects from modern marriage to virgin births, from Jesus to John Lennon, offering a brilliant combination of intelligence and wit.
This extraordinary book reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture. An impeccable match of interviewer and subject, a timeless distillation of Campbell’s work, The Power of Myth continues to exert a profound influence on our culture.
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Journey into the amazing world of Hindu mythology with Devdutt Pattanaik � Why are most temples dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva or the goddess, but not to Brahma or Indra? � How are an asura, rakshasa, yaksha and pishacha different from each other? � Why did the Pandavas find themselves in naraka rather than swarga? Over several months, EPIC Channel's ground-breaking show Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik has enthralled countless viewers. Here, finally, is the book based on the first series of the ever-popular show, which will take you on a scintillating tour through the myriad stories, symbols and rituals that form the basis of Hindu culture. Prepare to be surprised and thrilled as Devdutt narrates magical tales about larger-than-life figures - gods, goddesses, demi-gods and demons who you thought you knew well but didn't. Learn about the intricacies of Hindu thought as he explains the origin and meaning of different creation myths, and throws light on why we believe in a cyclical - not linear - concept of time. This book is your perfect introduction to the endlessly fascinating world of Hindu mythology. About the Author Devdutt Pattanaik is the author of over twenty-five books and 500 articles on the relevance of mythology in modern times. Trained in medicine (MBBSfrom Grant Medical College, Mumbai University), he worked in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for fifteen years before devoting all his time to his passion for decoding beliefs of all cultures, modern and ancient, located beneath the veneer of rationality.
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'I am not sure that I am a man, ' said Yuvanashva. 'I have created life outside me as men do. But I have also created life inside me, as women do. What does that make me? Will a body such as mine fetter or free me?' Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world's greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest, is Yuvanashva, a childless king, who accidentally drinks a magic potion meant to make his queens pregnant and gives birth to a son. This extraordinary novel is his story. It is also the story of his mother Shilavati, who cannot be king because she is a woman; of young Somvat, who surrenders his genitals to become a wife; of Shikhandi, a daughter brought up as a son, who fathers a child with a borrowed penis; of Arjuna, the great warrior with many wives, who is forced to masquerade as a woman after being castrated by a nymph; of Ileshwara, a god on full-moon days and a goddess on new-moon nights; and of Adi-natha, the teacher of teachers, worshipped as a hermit by some and as an enchantress by others. Building on Hinduism's rich and complex mythology-but driven by a very contemporary sensibility-Devdutt Pattanaik creates a lush and fecund work of fiction in which the lines are continually blurred between men and women, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers. Confronted with such fluidity the reader is drawn into Yuvanashva's struggle to be fair to all-those here, those there and all those in between.
Where did the name Radha come from?
When did Christianity first come to India?
What is the connection between sanskar and dharma?
After the enormously successful runs of the first and second seasons of EPIC Channel's Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik, and their book editions, the trailblazer of Hindu mythology Devdutt Pattanaik is back with a third instalment to answer these questions and more! Covering over fifteen informative and inspiring episodes, this volume is a heady mix of education and entertainment. The show delves into myriad topics and lesser-known tales and questions that will be revisited by Devdutt in a Q&A format, making mythology more interesting for everyday audiences.
Luke Kolbe is a lonely Pittsburgh apartment rental agent with big ideas inspired by his love of literature and art. Guided by his desire to create, he hides his tiny handmade sculptures in public places in hopes of inspiring other dreamers in this unpretentious lighthearted novel about humble idealism and sincere intentions in the face of ingrained suspicion.This book is the complete and authentic publication of the diary of Ramirez. Someone who, as great part of us does, struggled to understand society’s conflicts and habits in order to change his own life.I found his diary wrapped in plastic bags on a gas station pay phone.I decided to publish and share his reflections since they have helped me to better understand myself.I hope that it can help you, too.Bad things happen for a good reason.
Tormented and alone a ghost lies trapped on a lonely back road, cowering from a terrible evil on the other side. When a passerby stops in the ghost's clearing he gets one last chance at the afterlife and finds that even in the depths of horror there is still some laughter to be found.There are two poems here, the first of which is The Reign of Drops: I am a memory of my birth, and the sea of my being yearns for union with others people's seas.The second poem is The Dynamics of Growth: Will we water one another's buds so that they may blossom, or will we withhold and wilt in the light of being?No adult-only content.
It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of the narrative, made even more complex by Ram’s refusal to remarry despite the pressure on royalty to produce an heir. The intention seems to be to provoke thought on notions of fidelity, property and self-image.
And so mythologist and illustrator Devdutt Pattanaik narrates the Ramayan, drawing attention to the many oral, visual and written retellings composed in different times by different poets, each one trying to solve the puzzle in their own unique way.
This book approaches Ram by speculating on Sita—her childhood with her father, Janak, who hosted sages mentioned in the Upanishads; her stay in the forest with her husband who had to be a celibate ascetic while she was in the prime of her youth; her interactions with the women of Lanka, recipes she exchanged, emotions they shared; her connection with the earth, her mother; her role as the Goddess, the untamed Kali as well as the demure Gauri, in transforming the stoic prince of Ayodhya into God.
Socialism 101 is a comprehensive and accessible guide to the historical and modern applications of socialism.In today's political climate, more and more presidential candidates are espousing socialist—or democratic socialist—policies. Once associated with oppression, socialism is now a current topic of conversation with everyday Americans, including policies like taxing the rich and healthcare for all. But what exactly is socialism and why does it spark such an intense debate?Socialism 101 provides an easy-to-understand, unbiased overview to the nearly 300-year-old origins of this mode of government, its complex history, basic constructs, modern-day interpretations, key figures in its development, and up-to-date concepts and policies in today's world. As capitalism has become less appealing and socialism experiences a surge in popularity, the need for clarification of what it means has never been more necessary than now.
I close my eyes hoping it will pass. When I open them back up—I'm still lost in it.Love is an explosion you can't contain.Love is the impact after the bang.Love is going to destroy us.I have never fit in.Insignificant.Quiet.Alone. That's me.Wilder Elordi's has always been a wreck.He's Neglected.Abused.Broken.And he's protected me since first grade.We aren't just friends we are in love with each other. I didn't fall in love, it drop kicked me in the face.Our love for each other is more than we know what to do with.It's beautiful but it always ends.That's why I don't want any part of it.But moving away for college changes everything.
Book four of Dark Secrets The ashes of a dark past fall away, bringing light to a nation once thought lost to ancient secrets. All that has been done in pursuit of vengeance will be undone for peace, and an age-old agreement will finally be met. All the lies will finally come undone. All the truths will finally be out, but with the layers of deception shifting and evolving, so spawns a new secret Ara must carry alone—one she will fight to take to her grave.
The legends of the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades that poets, priests, prophets, shamans, storytellers, artists, singers, and historians have told throughout time are retold in this compilation of the stories that have found their inspiration in nine beautiful stars clustered together in the night sky.
Book THREE in the epic vampire series Dark Secrets.A love so strong fire and torture could not break it. A heart so pure neither death nor hate could taint it. But, left alone in a world of lies and secrets, Ara will find herself down the road of treachery, walking very dangerous ground, while those closest to her fight to keep her safe from dangers unseen.The boundaries between friends and enemies will blur, and the return of an old friend will see Ara crossing a line she can never return from.Now with bonus Jason Knight interview, by Dark Secrets reporter Trinny Boss
Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets Percy Jackson in Odd Gods, the first book in a hilarious illustrated series about the most unlikely, unusual Gods ever to grace the halls of Mount Olympus Middle School.A Summer 2019 Kids' Indie Next Pick!Oddonis may be the son of Zeus, but he's a little bit...odd for a God. He's so odd, in fact, he's not sure if he has any powers at all. And if that isn't enough, his twin brother Adonis is the most popular, most athletic, and most otherworldly handsome God of them all.Oddonis's future at Mount Olympus Middle isn't looking bright, especially when he makes the last-minute decision to run against Adonis to be class president.With the help of his friends Mathena (Goddess of math and poultry), Germes (God of all things sniffling and snotty), Puneous (the smallest God of them all), and Gaseous (enough said?), Oddonis is determined to win the race, prove that his friends are as good as any Greek...
He is Eka-vachani, a king who always keeps his word; Eka-bani, an archer who strikes his target with the first arrow; and Eka-patni, a husband who is eternally and absolutely devoted to a single wife. He is maryada purushottam Ram, the supreme upholder of social values, the scion of the Raghu clan, jewel of the solar dynasty, the seventh avatar of Vishnu, God who establishes order in worldly life. Hindus believe that in stressful and tumultuous times chanting Ram's name and hearing his tale, the Ramayan, brings stability, hope, peace and prosperity. Reviled by feminists, appropriated by politicians, Ram remains serene in his majesty, the only Hindu deity to be worshipped as a king.