Understanding Indian Myths

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Ancient peoples created myths to help explain the world around them-creation, death and the underworld, seasons and agriculture, natural disasters, class structure in society, and commerce. Myths Understood features important myths from different ancient cultures and describes the roles and relationships of the gods that were the foundation of their religions.

Understanding Indian Myths explores the roles and relationships of the heroes and gods of ancient India. Several ancient...

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Overview

Ancient peoples created myths to help explain the world around them-creation, death and the underworld, seasons and agriculture, natural disasters, class structure in society, and commerce. Myths Understood features important myths from different ancient cultures and describes the roles and relationships of the gods that were the foundation of their religions.

Understanding Indian Myths explores the roles and relationships of the heroes and gods of ancient India. Several ancient myths, including "Brahma Creates the Universe," "The Story of Rama and Sita," and "The Three Cities in the Sky," are retold, describing how these stories helped people in ancient India interpret their world.

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Rama and Sita—ancient Indian myths of the gods explained creation, life and death, marriage and sex. In this profusely illustrated volume of the "Myths Understood" series, a color map of India shows that Hinduism is now the predominant religion, with pockets of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Islam. Many myths originated in India's ancient epics: as long ago as 1500 BCE, the Vedic civilization's pantheon included Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the destroyer; Lakshmi was the goddess of prosperity, while elephant-headed Ganesh brought good luck and wisdom. Buddhism originated in India with Siddhartha Gautama, called Buddha; a wheel of eight spokes represents his path to enlightenment. Other worshippers were Jains, sharing with Hindus and Buddhists a belief in reincarnation and the importance of karma (cause and effect) in one's next life; both believe in non-violence (practiced by Mahatma Gandhi) and demonstrated by the prohibition of killing sacred cattle. Author Hynson relates numerous myths, such as the tale of how Ganesh got his elephant head and of Prince Prahlad, rescued from a witch's fire by Vishnu (celebrated as a spring festival where people throw colored paint powders at each other). Photographs show other present-day Indian festivals: Diwali, when Hindus light candles, settle their debts, and offer gifts to Lakshmi, or the rite of bathing in the sacred Ganges River that washes away sins. Illustrations show readers antique paintings of the gods, whose images are often seen today in carvings and statues, while ancient India's legacy persists in films (Avatar was influenced by Indian myths), dance, and music—often fused with Western styles—created by composers like Ravi Shankar. A time chart and a list of books and websites will be helpful. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Rama and Sita—ancient Indian myths of the gods explained creation, life and death, marriage and sex. In this profusely illustrated volume of the "Myths Understood" series, a color map of India shows that Hinduism is now the predominant religion, with pockets of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Islam. Many myths originated in India's ancient epics: as long ago as 1500 BCE, the Vedic civilization's pantheon included Brahma, the creator, Vishnu, the preserver, and Shiva, the destroyer; Lakshmi was the goddess of prosperity, while elephant-headed Ganesh brought good luck and wisdom. Buddhism originated in India with Siddhartha Gautama, called Buddha; a wheel of eight spokes represents his path to enlightenment. Other worshippers were Jains, sharing with Hindus and Buddhists a belief in reincarnation and the importance of karma (cause and effect) in one's next life; both believe in non-violence (practiced by Mahatma Gandhi) and demonstrated by the prohibition of killing sacred cattle. Author Hynson relates numerous myths, such as the tale of how Ganesh got his elephant head and of Prince Prahlad, rescued from a witch's fire by Vishnu (celebrated as a spring festival where people throw colored paint powders at each other). Photographs show other present-day Indian festivals: Diwali, when Hindus light candles, settle their debts, and offer gifts to Lakshmi, or the rite of bathing in the sacred Ganges River that washes away sins. Illustrations show readers antique paintings of the gods, whose images are often seen today in carvings and statues, while ancient India's legacy persists in films (Avatar was influenced by Indian myths), dance, and music—often fused with Western styles—created by composers like Ravi Shankar. A time chart and a list of books and websites will be helpful. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778745297
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/15/2012
  • Series: Myths Understood Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

What are Myths? 4

What are myths and what types of myths developed in Ancient India? How the beliefs of early Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism influenced Indian myths.

Ancient India 6

The ancient civilization of India and its many creation and morality myths. The gods Vishnu and Shiva and myths about circular time and reincarnation.

Religion and Gods 10

The gods and goddesses of Ancient India and myths about the creation of the world and its people. The story of Rama and Sita and myths about marriage and daily life.

The Natural World 18

The natural world of Ancient India and myths about rivers, droughts, harvests, and the cycles of life.

Daily Life 24

The caste system of Ancient Indian societies, myths about a person's duties in life, and customs and myths related to death.

Trade and Warfare 34

The importance of trade in Ancient India and myths about the struggle between royal families for possession of riches and territory.

Indian Legacy 40

How Ancient Indian myths have shaped our modern ideas about architecture, sculpture, society, music, food, and culture.

Time chart 45

Glossary 46

Learning More 47

Index 48

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