Shikhandi:And Other Tales They Don't Tell You

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Devdutt Pattanaik

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Penguin Zubaan

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Publisher

Penguin Zubaan

Publication Year 2014
ISBN-13

9789383074846

ISBN-10 9383074841
Binding

Paperback

Number of Pages 179 Pages
Language (English)
Dimensions (Cms) 12.7 x 1.52 x 19.69
Weight (grms) 170

Patriarchy asserts men are superior to women, Feminism clarifies women and men are equal, Queerness questions what constitutes male and female. Queerness 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, who became a woman to deliver his devotee’s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend; and many more. Playful and touching and sometimes disturbing-these stories when compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese and Biblical counterparts, reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness

Devdutt Pattanaik

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, Myth=Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana, Olympus: An Indian Retelling of the Greek Myths, Business Sutra: A Very Indian Approach to Management, My Gita and Devlok with Devdutt Pattanaik. To know more, visit devdutt.com.
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