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Devdutt Pattanaik ¿ 0 Free eadI picked up this book with a great deal of expectations wanting to know about Shikhandi who changed the course of the Kurukshetra war I was disappointed mainly because this book felt like a hurried overview of many characters from the puranas who were ueer I felt maybe the author was treading on egg shells so as to not offend people with these tales A detailed book about such an game changer in the Kurukshetra war would have been welcome Some of these stories I already knew many I did not But this book did leave me with an overload of stories some that I can emember some I do not An average ead A friend ecently told me that he had
read Dr Pattanaik s Jaya and had found it uite interesting I hadDr Pattanaik s Jaya and had found it uite interesting I had meaning to ead it for some time and found myself browsing through the shelves of the bookstore at Jaipur airport for the book Of course they had it but another book caught my eye Shikhandi and Other Stories They Don t Tell You seemed to be uite interesting so I got it instead Jaya would have to wait for another timeI was immensely impressed by Devdutt Pattanaik s mythmithya He seemed to be one of those sensible mythologists who seek out the history in mythology This book tried to justify the LGBT movements that India saw ecently in terms of Hindu eligion and mythology Dr Pattanaik uses the word ueer to efer to any sexuality that is not sanctioned by the major eligions Though the usage of the word might seem a bit ironic especially when the author is arguing that the ueer are just as natural as the non ueer but if you id the word of all the negative connotations that it has gathered over time it is just another word The book looks into all the *Twisted Stories From Various Mythological *stories from various mythological of Hindu cultures across India and tries to establish that diversity in genders and sexuality are not only present from times immemorial but are also accepted and celebrated by the pantheon of Hindu godsThe book talks about gods and men who find themselves in a position to do many of the acts that modern eligions including modern Hinduism find inappropriate and unnatural These include acts of changing gender same sex love cross dressing castration to fit a ole and many such acts that seem outrageous to our trained minds All these acts are either done out of volition or as a esult of a curse or boon But never are the subjects of such action frowned upon or outlawed in these stories Dr Pattanaik also tells how and why such stories have been suppressed from popular mythology or modified to suitable formsThe short ead was uite impressive in terms of showing how stories are forgotten when the popular culture does not support them It was also uite interesting from a point of view of curiosity as it shows the diversity that the Hindu folk lore contain However eading the book I felt that Dr Pattanaik is not an unbiased observer He is ather someone who holds Hinduism in a higher esteem than other ways of life Not that there is anything wrong with it especially when it is being used to bring about a change in the uptight style of living that the monastic order has made popular But this attitude also tends to distort the interpretation of mythology and things get modified in translation 29th book of 2020 153 Books ead overall uote from the Book I Liked Mythology is the study of stories symbols and ituals When these stories symbols and ituals become igid enforced by the body. Patriarchy establishes men as superior to womenFeminism views women and men as eualueerness uestions what constitutes male and femaleueerness isn’t only modern Western or sexual says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik Take a close look at the vast written and oral. That claims to a supernatural authority they constitute a eligion Page no 10 Rating 4 Stars Important take from the book Life is not a problem to be solved It is a sight to be seen and contemplated upon so that we see ourselves truly and eventually open ourselves to joy without seeking change in the world Page no 29 Plot Summary Patriarchy establishes men as superior to womenFeminism views women and men as eualueerness uestions what constitutes male and femaleueerness isn t only modern Western or sexual says mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik Take a close look at the vast written and oral traditions in Hinduism some over two thousand years old and you will find many overlooked tales such as those of Shikhandi who became a *MAN TO SATISFY HER WIFE MAHADEVA *to satisfy her wife Mahadeva became a woman to deliver his devotee s
child chudala whoChudala who a man to enlighten her husband Samavan who became the wife of his male friend and many Playful and touching and sometimes disturbing these stories when compared with their Mesopotamian Greek Chinese and Biblical counterparts eveal the uniue Indian way of making sense of ueerness My Review Mythology is one of my favourite genres which get along with me and Devdutt is among the fines authors to ead about it ueerness is often neglected among our society and often we turn our face from it though we may be peeking it from the corner of our very own eyes This book tries to bridge the neglected or as the author says The Stories they don t tell you towards the greater audience And after eading them all I thought about it for a very long time What s there to hide about them Are they somewhat negative NO Are they in any way wrong NO Are the people these stories about wrong No They what s there to hide Nothing I must sayThese stories bring the very own Hindu stories of Hindu Gods transforming on various occasions into transgender getting cross dressed and that all was a common as it should be in that time being Then what actually conspired for them to become shunned The one thing that History taught is that being from any of the LGBT community is not wrong and everything is natural as it can get There s no demonevil or wrong about it The stories told in this book are of Hindu Gods cross dressing forgetting their gender loving same sex and many If the stories from thousands year back validate the supreme and were normal among commons than why can t it be Today This book should be heard and ead by all irrespective of their belief or gender As this book gives a glimpse into the vast accepting heritage which must be addressed accepted and espected today as well Conclusion The book gives a wider perspective to those seeking ueerness in Mythological stories Full Review on BlogLink to Blog The Tales of Fugitive Biker A collections of tales from various Hindu myths that deal with gender fluidity Pattanaik uses these to illustrate the fact that ueerness is not a modern construct The sources whether oral or written traditions
Are Cited To Provide Context And Thesecited to provide context and these stories themselves are not only extremely important but are told brilliantlyVerdict Buy along with the author s beautifully illustrated etelling of the Mah bh atafrom Buy Borrow Bypass Hindu Mythology Retellings If memory serves me ight this incident happened around 13 years ago It was my first trip to Goa and having not traveled much out of Kerala it surely was filled of excitement for me I was on. Traditions in Hinduism some over two thousand years old and you will find many overlooked tales such as those of Shikhandi who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva who became a woman to deliver his devotee’s child; Chudala who became a man to enlighten A train coming To Goa from Delhi with a whole bunch of aucous teenagers of my own class for company There had been the odd murmur of hijras all through the trip A classmate who had taken a train journey through this oute earlier opined like a wise old man that
you better bebetter be with them Needless to say there was a bit of apprehension building up inside me I do not emember exactly as to where it happened but slowly the tones of clapping and singing eaches me and suddenly in comes a group of six hijras To the uninitiated the first sight would be a jolt from normalcy and it was so for me coming from a igidly orthodox society like KeralaIn uite simple English hijra is the Indian name for a transgender individual As luck would have it I was seated at a corner seat and slightly away from my other friends while all around me were a group of soldiers on their way to a training assignment As the group came into the compartment they were met with silent and impassive stares from the soldiers and me trying my best to behave as normal as possible in the corner With giggles and gestures they moved on to other seats to my immense elief Some of the others in my group were not so fortunate when they efused to give money to them for blessings The esults of such a efusal from my friends elicited esponses from them which were downright comic and gave us a lot of stuff to laugh about later Looking back at this incident a decade later I was trying to place what could have been my actual emotion at that moment Shedding all pretenses of glorification of a moment past I can frankly say that it was one of fear A ather irrational fear of the unknown and one that is uite common As time would have it there have been travels to those places again and I have seen hijras on my travels too Blessings smiles and wishes have been passed to me and I have lost any and all vestiges of that juvenile fear for them The Indian society also acknowledged and accepted them only of late It is ather stunning to note that transgenders have been legally declared as the third sex by the Supreme Court of India only as late as April 2014Against this background this book offers extremely enlightening anecdotes as to what history and mythology thought about transgenders and sexuality in general Devdutt Pattanaik gathers thirty odd tales from the epics puranas folklore and oral traditions that turn the sexual igidity of the Indian society on its head A look at these stories will tell you how accommodating and amused India was in the past towards the whole aspect of sexuality The author offers insights into the paradigm shift in the way of thinking that started frowning upon sexuality and made it a taboo occurrence to be thought of only behind closed doors These stories serve as eminders of how the ancients used to think of sex as just another part OF LIFE RATHER THAN GLORIFYING IT life ather than glorifying it a hush hush affair *Borrowing from the philosophy itself it can be inferred that the soul has no gender and is *from the philosophy itself it can be inferred that the soul has no gender and is timeless while only the ephemeral flesh thinks of gender This leads us to gods goddesses demons heroes kings and ueens who were absolutely comfortable with slipping into the guises of one gender or the other The stories here feature the archetypes of Hindu alpha male gods like Siva Vishnu and Krishna and legendary heroes like Arjuna shifting genders to achieve suitable ends These stories are fascinating and. Er husband; Samavan who became the wife of his male friend; and many Playful and touching and sometimes disturbing these stories when compared with their Mesopotamian Greek Chinese and Biblical counterparts eveal the uniue Indian way of making sense of ueerness.