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MYTHS FROM THE MAHABHARATA VOL. 2 (STUDY IN PATTERNS AND SYMBOLS)

MYTHS FROM THE MAHABHARATA VOL. 2 (STUDY IN PATTERNS AND SYMBOLS)

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Item Code: IDD788

by SADASHIV A. DANGE

Hardcover (Edition: 2001)

Aryan Books International
ISBN 01-7305-210-7

Language: English
Size: 8.8" X 5.8"
Pages: 322
Weight of the Book: 560 gms
Price: $32.00   Shipping Free
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About the Book

The present book forms part of the bigger plan of studying the Mahabharata, from a different point of view, the Vol. 1 being Myths from the Mahabharata - Quest for Immortality. The various mythical accounts, concerning awkward-looking Tests and Supranormal Birth, collected and faithfully preserved by the tradition of the suta-s with a belief of iti-ha-asa ('This happened so' or 'This was so'), are studied in this volume, taking into account the mythological patterns and symbols they present.

The chapter on "Tests" deals with the texts taken of the disciples breathing the 'gurukula' - atmosphere as also the tests taken of the royal personages by the whimsical sages, the chapter not leaving off the point of sexual hospitality asked by the guest as a test of the householder.

The pattern of myths woven round the motif of "Supranormal Birth" is seen unfolding many an interesting symbol concerning birth-phenomenon, which had remained unearthed up to this time.

About the Author

Prof. Sadashiv Ambadas Dange, very well known in India and outside India well known in India and outside India for his contribution to the study of Indology and Sanskrit, is considered to be an authority on vedic-Hindu myths, rituals and practices.

He was invited to deliver a course of fifteen lectures on Hindu Myths at the International Institute of Semiotics and Structural Studies, arranged by the central Institute of Languages, Mysore University (Dec. 1984 - Jan. 1985) and five lectures on Indian Myths and Symbols at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Bombay (1998).

His numerous books include - Pastoral Symbolism from the Rgveda (University of Poona, 1970), Vedic Concept of 'Field' and the Divine Fructification (University of Bombay, 1971) Sexual Symbolism from the Vedic Ritual (Ajanta Publication, Delhi 1979), Encyclopaedia of Puranic Beliefs and Practices, Vols. I-V, (Navrang, New Delhi, 1986-90) and Towards Understanding Hindu Myths (1996), Vedic Sacrifices - Early Nature (2 vols., 2002) and Image from Vedic Hymns and Rituals (2002) - these by Aryan Books International, New Delhi.

Prof. Dange had been R.G. Bhandarkar Professor and Head, Dept of Sanskrit, University of Bombay (Mumbai) and twice President of the Vedic Section at the sessions of the all India Oriental Conference (1980 & 1985). He was consultant editor for the Encyclopaedia of Human Ideas on Ultimate Reality and Meaning and Editor for the Indian Section Meaning, Toronto(Canada) for more than a decade.

The honours conferred on him include - Silver Medal from the Asiatic Society of Bombay (1983), 'Special Honour' by the Uttara Pradesh Sanskrit Academy (1989), Felicitation by the State Govt. of Maharashtra (1990) and the Certificate of Honour from the President of India, to mention a few.

Contents

Preface
Introduction - At the Itihasa (Iti-ha-asa) Cave

1. THE TESTS
  1. STUDENTSHIP
    1. Dhaumya and Students
    2. Uttanka
    3. Gautama and Uttanka
  2. DELICATE TESTS
    1. Vipula
    2. Galava
    3. Rcika
  3. THE YOKE AND THE GOAD
  4. THE STHALI OF DRAUPADI (SUN-GRAIL)
    1. The Sthali and the Sun-god: (Vana 3)
    2. Durvassas and Ambarisa: (Bhag. P.)
  5. THE BLOODY TESTS
    1. Sibi
    2. Sibi Sacrifices his son
    3. Jantu - sacrificed
    4. Sivi-Jatala Srutavati and the cooking of the badara
  6. SEX IN TESTS
    1. Kunti, the Sage and the Sun-god
    2. Oghavati and the Guest
  7. THE QUESTIONS
    1. The Yaksa and Yudhisthira
    2. The Python and Bhima
2. SUPRANORMAL BIRTH
  1. THE EXTERNAL SEMEN AND SYMBOLIC WOMBS
    1. Vasu-Uparicara
    2. Saradvan
    3. Bharadvaja and Drona
    4. Sacrificial Altar
    5. The Semen of Siva: Birth of Karttikeya
    6. The Semen of Agni
  2. BIRTH FROM FLUIDS AND OTHER PARTS OF THE BODY
    1. Perspiration
    2. Thigh
    3. Other organs
  3. DELAYED PREGNANCY AND STRIKING BIRTHS
    1. Asmaka
    2. Drdhasyu
    3. Grandson of Vasistha
    4. Samba and the Pestle
    5. The Foets of Gandhari
    6. The Fruit
    7. Jarasandha
    8. Creatures from the Whole Body
APPENDICES
  1. Durvasas - A Pattern
  2. Sibi's Greatness
  3. Vrsadarbhi and the Seven Sages
  4. Kumara, Kartikeya and the Peacock
Bibliogrpahy
Index
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