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.
The Europeans believed the only truth was Christianity
A typical Durga image, established collectively, represents the collective power of the village which helps in defeating calamities. This then becomes an anthropological approach in the study of Hindu mythology.
A simple way to harness power is to keep a secret.
The Vedic approach was very different. Suffering can be reduced when we pay attention to, and try to satisfy, each other’s desires.
It is a mystery for many why Hindus, for whom divinity is both male and female, treat women so badly.