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Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless

Shiva to Shankara: Giving Form to the Formless

by Devdutt Pattanaik

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Overview



We live in times where people have extreme views. On the one hand, there are scholars who describe Shiva's linga literally as a phallus, and see all metaphoric meaning as embarrassed apology of the uneducated. On the other hand, we have puritanical Hindus who want to strip the Shiva linga of all sexual meaning and sanitize Shiva's lore. In both cases, a symbol is being reduced to a sign.

In Shiva to Shankara, Devdutt Pattanaik, India's leading mythologist, seeks to bridge the gap. As he explores the layers of meanings embedded in Shiva's linga, we discover why and how the Goddess transforms Shiva, the hermit, into Shankara, the householder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789352641963
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/10/2017
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Devdutt Pattanaik writes, illustrates and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. He has, since 1996, written over thirty books and 700 columns on how stories, symbols and rituals construct the subjective truth (myths) of ancient and modern cultures around the world. His books include 7 Secrets of Hindu Calendar Art (Westland), Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology (Penguin), Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata (Penguin), Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana (Penguin), Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths (Penguin), Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management (Aleph), My Gita (Rupa) and Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik (Penguin). To know more, visit devdutt.com.

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