Myths, Legends Concepts and Literary Antiquities of India

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9788126026678: Myths, Legends Concepts and Literary Antiquities of India
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Pages: 392
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Myths are considered to be the keys to unlocking the psyche of ancient civilizations. Presented in this volume is a selection of the classical myths and ancient legends of rivers, forests, temples, great sages and kings of India along with lights on religious, philosophical, social and mystic concepts that have been the prime elements in moulding the life of the nation through the ages.

What is more, the work outlines the significant spiritual and literary masterpieces of yore that have influenced the perennial Indian creativity in all its streams-art, architecture, dance and music.

The author’s interpretative observations go a long way in revealing to the readers the subtle, often occult, import of the subcontinent’s numerous hoary traditions.

 

About the writer

One of the foremost creative writers of modern India who writes with equal felicity in Oriya as well as in English, Manoj Das is a recipient of a number of awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award, Saraswati Samman , Padma Award as well as Honorary D.Litt. from several universities. He has also been bestowed with the country’s highest honour for creative writing, the Fellowship of the Sahitya Akademi. He lives in Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Poducherry, and teaches at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education.

 

Preface

I feel tempted to take recourse to the way of Neil Neil—not this, not this—to introduce this work, though that is a profound way whereas mine is a modest exercise the fact is, I am neither a historian nor a pundit. I am only a student of Indian literature, a position in which a creative writer naturally finds himself. I cannot take

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