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Create, destroy, rebuild
There are a set of myths that ascribe all creation to the Great Creator, the unseen hand of God. Man is also His creation and the inheritor of His universe who then goes on to grow food, populate and do great things—through the use of his faculties but all by
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Confusion, fear and panic have gripped countries and corporations the past few months as Novel Coronavirus has continued its unstoppable march through the world. And though science offers us a far more sophisticated set of tools to deal with a pandemic of this nature today than it did millions of
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The fruits of truth
Sarala Dasa’s Odiya Mahabharata has an interesting folk tale that is not found in any other version of the epic. In the last year of exile of the Pandavas, when they had to remain incognito or risk spending 13 more years in hiding, Duryodhan was pulling every trick he knew
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Rajah Suran
Once upon a time, there was a king, his name was Rajah Suran and he ruled over a kingdom in India. He was a very ambitious man and he wanted to be like his great great great great grandfather, whose name, strangely enough, was Alexander the Great! And Rajah Suran
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Two of everything
There is a Chinese saying that says, ‘Be careful what you wish for’. An Indian folktale embodies the same principle, gently reminding us what happens when greed gets the better of common sense. There was a poor couple in a village who lived within their means, they gathered firewood and
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Folktales have many different motifs.
Ms. Sheila Wee, founder and director of Federation of Asian Storytellers, Singapore, speaks to Utkarsh Patel of The Mythology Project, on the sidelines of the MIST Festival 2020, a festival of Storytellers from across the world, at Panchgani, India. Utkarsh Patel > What is a folktale? Sheila Wee > Well
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The song of love
The song of love There once lived a musical genius, son of the Muse, Calliope. Ever since he was a child and no one really knows when it all began, Orpheus could hold an audience of god’s beasts and men spellbound with his lyre. at a very young age. It is
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Students have borne the brunt of the brute force of power over the ongoing countrywide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Be it the attack at Jamia Milia, Aligarh Muslim University or JNU. It is their opposition to the Act that has riled the leaders of the ruling party
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In the Greek pantheon, Zeus grabs all the eyeballs. He fought the Titans, he established Olympus and his roving eye makes for many interesting escapades. All this while Hera, his wife, stands by warming and protecting the home and hearth. But that was not always the case. The subjugation of
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The birth of Soma
The myth about the birth of the moon god, Soma, is the most beautiful birth story in world mythology, to the best of my knowledge. And the story is uniquely Indian. The story tells us of Sage Atri being asked by Brahma to engage in the process of creation. Atri
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