A unique feature of Hindu mythology is the key role played by animals or pashu. The Puranas, ancient Hindu story chronicles, reveal that Brahma, the creator, had a son called Kashyapa, whose many wives gave birth to different types of pashu
Timi gave birth to animals who swim
Vinata gave birth to animals who fly
Kadru gave birth to animals who crawl
Surabhi gave birth to animals with hooves
Sarama gave birth to animals with paws
Surasa gave birth to animals who defy classification
This book retells their stories. With over 75 gorgeously illustrated anecdotes, Devdutt Pattanaik reveals how our ancestors imagined the animal kingdom and the key role animals played in human lives.
“Horses gallop across the sky. Serpents hoard gems in their subterranean realms. Turtles remember the goodness of old kings. Crows narrate epic poems. Dogs walk right up to the gates of paradise. Monkeys build a bridge across the sea. Vultures fly towards the sun. These are just some of the roles animals play in Hindu mythology. Hindus believe that in our past lives, we could have been animals and that in our future lives, we can be animals. We are all parts of the same chain. What differentiates us is but our bodies, not our soul. This book explores birds and beasts, big and small, found in the sacred books of India.
With over hundred illustrations, and anecdotes about them, some big, some small, it reveals how our ancestors imagined the animal kingdom, and the key role they play in human lives.”