Devayani, Sharmishtha and Yayati: A love triangle that changed a dynasty

By Ashok K. Banker

One of many least-known, but so much poignant love tales, is the story of Devayani, daughter of Shukracharya, Guru of the Asuras, and Kacha son of Brihaspati, Guru of the Devas. The Devas or Gods of the Vedic age have been everlasting enemies of the Asuras or Demonic races. How may perhaps the son of the preceptor of the Gods in all probability desire to discover love and happiness with the daughter of the preceptor of the Demons? but love plants within the unlikeliest locations and so Kacha and Devayani started to dream the very unlikely dream. Their love used to be doomed to finish tragically however the how and wherefore of the tragedy is what makes their tale so unforgettable. however the tale doesn’t finish there. in its place, it segues (after a spot of some years) into one other: the affection triangle of Devayani, her former pal Sharmishtha, and the guy they either enjoyed, Yayati. After a quarrel along with her good friend Sharmishtha, Devayani used her father’s impression and tool to strength her pal Sharmishtha to dwell out the remainder of her lifestyles as Devayani’s own maidservant. someday, Devayani chanced on herself trapped on the backside of a good deep within the woodland. quickly after, a stranger wandering in the course of the woodland, chanced throughout her.. On studying that he used to be Yayati, king of a robust kingdom, she blackmailed him right into a courting. yet unknown to Devayani, Yayati fell in love with Sharmishtha, leading to a love triangle that presages the plots of numerous present-day cleaning soap operas. learn directly to see how Ashok’s storytelling shines impressive mild upon this gem pried unfastened from the mosaic of his personal Mahabharata sequence.

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Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology

By Jennifer K. Stuller

In this entire heritage, inquiry, critique, and reference advisor, Stuller argues that Superwomen, from ask yourself girl to Charlie’s Angels, are greater than simply love pursuits or sidekicks who stand by means of their supermen. She exhibits how the feminine hero in glossy mythology has damaged throughout the conventional boy's membership barrier to exhibit the pivotal position of high-heeled crimefighters in pop culture. bankruptcy issues comprise love and compassion, spies and sexuality, daddy’s women, and the complex roles of superwomen who're additionally moms. The e-book additionally incorporates a thesaurus of recent mythic ladies, in addition to a foreword through acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, writer of Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films.



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The Friendly Guide to Mythology: A Mortal's Companion to the Fantastical Realm of Gods Goddesses Monsters Heroes

By Nancy Hathaway

How was once the area as we all know it created? What does it suggest to be a hero? the place will we pass once we die? Why are flood myths so ubiquitous? somebody who has reflected those and different questions on humanity's historic ideals may be thinking about The pleasant consultant to Mythology. concentrating on Greek and Roman mythology yet together with myths from Africa, Asia, Australia, northern Europe, and the Americas, The pleasant advisor to Mythology is stuffed with compelling tales of gods, goddesses, mortals, and monsters. superbly ornamented with images, line drawings, and prices, this interesting consultant additionally contains an A-to-Z directory of the world's so much beautiful goddesses; profiles of recognized writers, creditors, and interpreters of myths; and interesting sidebars. that includes myths of affection, knowledge, and event in addition to these of violence, jealousy, and natural folly, this obtainable assortment bargains interesting perception into the human psyche and brings our wealthy mythological historical past delightfully into concentration.

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Indian Mythology: Tales, Symbols, and Rituals from the Heart of the Subcontinent

By Devdutt Pattanaik

An exploration of ninety nine vintage myths of India from a completely non-Western paradigm that offers a clean knowing of the Hindu non secular landscape

• Compares and contrasts Indian mythology with the tales of the Bible, historic Egypt, Greece, Scandinavia, and Mesopotamia

• seems to be on the evolution of Indian narratives and their interpretations over the millennia

• Demonstrates how the mythology, rituals, and artwork of historic India are nonetheless brilliant this present day and tell the modern generation

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

Featuring forty eight creative renderings of significant mythological figures from throughout India, the writer unlocks the mysteries of the narratives, rituals, and paintings of historical 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 publication opens the door to the unknown and unique, delivering a glimpse into the wealthy mythic culture that has empowered hundreds of thousands of humans for hundreds of years.

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100 Months

By John Hicklenton

The ultimate paintings of a comics visionary, this extreme, hallucinatory tale with art of breathtaking depth is a real picture novel, enticing final issues of lifestyles, dying, and salvation

The past due John Hicklenton used to be one in every of Britain's top comedian ebook artists, recognized for the brutal, visceral draughtsmanship he delivered to the 2000AD/Judge Dredd titles and Nemesis the Warlock. His final image novel is a parable of environmental devastation, depicting the quest of Mara, Warrior and Earth Goddess, as she seeks revenge opposed to the Longpig: a Satanic personification of capitalism, pink in enamel and claw, whose fans, a legion of the damned, glance rather a lot like us. the realm of the Longpig is wealthy in killing fields and scenes of mass crucifixion that bear in mind Goya, Blake, and Bacon, and represents a real crossover of the photo novel shape with high-quality artwork. John took his personal existence with assistance from an assisted demise staff, following a heroic fight with a number of sclerosis. This book was drawn and written in foreknowledge of his coming near near dying, and its perception into common subject matters of lifestyles, loss of life, salvation, and damnation turns out to return from a spot among worlds. Its phrases these of a prophet, its art transcending the comedian booklet shape, 100 Months will redefine the grownup photo novel.

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The Arctic: Enigmas and Myths

By Paul Simpson-Housley

This booklet seeks to supply illustrations of Artic mysteries and fictions which regularly ensue because of misconceptions of Artic geography. The chapters are super assorted in material, and conclusions are within the area of speculation.

The ebook starts with very early examples of northern travels beginning with the possible adventures of Pytheas the Greek, Brendan the Irish monk and the 4 medieval odysseys of Adam of Bremen, Nicolas of Lynn, Prince Henry Sinclair and Zeno of Venice.

No account of polar enigmas will be entire irrespective of the Franklin excursion, the prospective destiny of his misplaced ships and the controversy over no matter if his males devoted cannibalism. The publication concludes with a deliberation on no matter if cook dinner or Perry truly did succeed in the North Pole, hinting that maybe neither of them reached their goal.

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Goddess (Starcrossed)

By Josephine Angelini

International bestselling writer Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was once a "clever transforming of Greek mythology."

After Helen Hamilton by chance unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her associates needs to imprison them earlier than their thirst for war—and blood—take over the realm. however the gods' fury already has a physique count number, and time is operating out. With Lucas Delos's lifestyles striking within the stability, and their once-solid crew of acquaintances now divided, Helen needs to face this conflict on my own, whereas additionally finding out who has her heart—Lucas, or the prospective Tyrant, Orion.

With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will go away readers thoroughly spellbound.

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Early Irish Myths and Sagas (Penguin Classics)

First written down within the 8th century advert, those early Irish tales depict a much older world—part delusion, half legend and half historical past. wealthy with magic and achingly appealing, they converse of a land of heroic battles, excessive love and warrior beliefs, within which the otherworld is explored and males mingle freely with the gods. From the bright adventures of the nice Celtic hero Cu Chulaind, to the lovely "Exile of the Sons of Uisliu"—a story of treachery, honour and romance—these are masterpieces of ardour and energy, and shape the basis for the Irish literary culture: a mythic legacy that was once a strong impact at the paintings of Yeats, Synge and Joyce.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts more desirable via introductions and notes through unique students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations through award-winning translators.

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The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony

By Roberto Calasso

Proposing the tales of Zeus and Europa, Theseus and Ariadne, the beginning of Athens and the autumn of Troy, in all their editions, Calasso additionally uncovers the far away origins of secrets and techniques and tragedy, virginity, and rape. "A excellent paintings like no different. (Calasso) has re-created . . . the morning of our world."--Gore Vidal. 15 engravings.

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Lavondyss: Journey to an Unknown Region (A Novel of the Mythago Cycle)

By Robert Holdstock

A haunting access on the earth fable Award-winning Mythago Cycle

In Mythago Wood, Robert Holdstock gave us an problematic international spun from the tales of Irish and English mythology, an excellent wooded area steeped in secret and legend, whose middle includes secrets and techniques that might swap all who behold them.

Young Tallis is one such seeker. while she used to be simply an baby, she misplaced her brother Harry to Ryhope wooden. Her adolescent fancies now reason her to suspect that he's nonetheless alive---and in grave possibility. Tallis follows Harry into the primal Otherworld armed basically with magic, mask, and clues left through her grandfather. finally the primitive wooded area supplies solution to Lavondyss itself, a desirable and bad realm the place she is pressured to confront the mythagos, actual manifestations of the legends of humanity's collective unconscious.

Join Tallis on her quest into the final word unknown, and be invited into one of many most interesting and such a lot compelling mythologies you are going to ever come across.

"A stunningly strong booklet . . . conveys the haunting strength of outdated heroes and misplaced gods."

"Magical . . . it's infrequent to discover a sequel which measures as much as its unique; yet Lavondyss surpasses it."
--Times Literary Supplement

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