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Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don't Tell You (edição: 2015)

de Devdutt Pattanaik (Autor)

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Patriarchy asserts that men are superior to women, feminism clarifies that women and men are equal, and queerness questions what constitutes male and female. One of the few people to talk frankly and sensitively about queerness and religion, celebrated Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explains that queerness isn’t only modern, Western, or sexual. Rather, by looking at the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism, he finds many overlooked tales with queerness at their center, some over two thousand years old. There’s Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver her devotee’s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husb∧ Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend--and many, many more. In Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, Pattanaik recounts these stories and explores the importance of mythologies in understanding the modern Indian mindset. Playful, touching, and sometimes disturbing, when Shikhandi’s stories are compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese, and Biblical counterparts, they reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.   "Pattanaik is a master storyteller” --Bibek Debroy, translator of The Bhagavad Gita… (mais)
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Título:Shikhandi: And Other Tales They Don't Tell You
Autores:Devdutt Pattanaik (Autor)
Informação:Zubaan Books (2015), 192 pages
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This is a wonderful collection of stories, most of which you’ll be aware of if you have extensively read various versions of our Hindu epics. What changes is the perspective that the author offers, looking at these stories from a queer perspective - how gender and sexuality were quite fluid in ancient times and it’s only through the passage of time and influence of other cultures that has made our culture now more rigid and intolerant of anyone who don’t confirm to the gender and sexual binaries.

This book definitely made me wonder how easy it has always been for me to accept the queer undertones of these stories without ever acknowledging it and just attributing it to the actions of gods. Wish life were that simple and there was widespread acceptance of everyone irrespective of their identity in our world.

Definitely give this book a try because it offers a very different approach to interpreting our traditional stories and might just open your eyes a little more.
And I leave you with this last one from the book —

“Krishna shows his cosmic form to Arjuna and says, ‘I am all there is, was and will be.’ In Hinduism, the world is not distinct from God. The world is God. God contains everything. The queer is not excluded.” ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
Whenever mythology is mentioned the first and foremost thing we do is 'imagine'-- making castle on the clouds, gods having magical power coming out of their hands 😂😂 and lots more, which has somewhere of the other infested the mindset of our generation wildly. But, is that it?? Well... No. It is more than an illusion, it is a #philosophy, it is a study. It endorses all of us towards a tradition that is framed for the betterment of the society. Now the question here comes regarding how much we are into it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
@devduttmyth 'Shikhandi- And the other tales they don't tell you' represents the norms of ancient society that celebrates the beauty of relationship among genders--- gays, lesbians, transgenders, and their space in the society which was far better and genuine than today. Here, the author picks beautiful stories from ancient text with the reason behind their purpose of writing in the end of the chapters accompanied with author's perspective.
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Language is extremely simple and comprehensive. Some topics that throw strong revelation are the chapters regarding #transgenders (Shikhandini), same-sex relation (Hari-Hara) and birth of Bhagirathi from two females. Thanks to @devduttmyth for upcoming with such genuine yet unknown #topics to the audience like us. Overall, a small book with strong and bold narratives which will make you thing twice before considering it to be nonsensical and a good dose for those bigoted beings who find such topics explicit. My rate 4.5/5. Simply an eye-opener. Bold-minded friends this is a damn good book for you.. ( )
  kala.e.kitaabi | Nov 8, 2019 |
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Patriarchy asserts that men are superior to women, feminism clarifies that women and men are equal, and queerness questions what constitutes male and female. One of the few people to talk frankly and sensitively about queerness and religion, celebrated Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explains that queerness isn’t only modern, Western, or sexual. Rather, by looking at the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism, he finds many overlooked tales with queerness at their center, some over two thousand years old. There’s Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver her devotee’s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husb∧ Samavan, who became the wife of his male friend--and many, many more. In Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Don’t Tell You, Pattanaik recounts these stories and explores the importance of mythologies in understanding the modern Indian mindset. Playful, touching, and sometimes disturbing, when Shikhandi’s stories are compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese, and Biblical counterparts, they reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.   "Pattanaik is a master storyteller” --Bibek Debroy, translator of The Bhagavad Gita

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