Devdutt Pattanaik —
I help leverage the power of myth in business, management, and life.
Myth = Belief = Subjective Truth = Cultural Assumptions.
Mythology = stories, symbols and rituals that communicate myth.
In one story, popular in the Gangetic plains, the god of death, Yama, wanted a scribe to help him keep a record of people’s karma. And so Brahma created Chitragupta (he who knows the secrets of diagrams i.e. scripts), who held in his hand a pen and inkpot.
Beyond the codes, metaphors and allegories, the mantras of the Rig Veda reveal how the first Hindus engaged with the unknown.
While people decry the lower rate of inter-caste marriages in India, they don’t decry the low rates of inter-tribe marriages in India. The former is seen as indicator of casteism but the latter is not seen as indicator of tribalism.
A leader is appointed by the people, from the people, and for the people… However, his success depends on whether he is aligned to wisdom…
We can safely say that sport in India began in both agricultural communities as well as martial communities.