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Middle East

  • Suleiman and the djinns

    Suleiman and the djinns

    The right-wing communities around the world have one common feature: they believe there is only one truth and that truth is theirs. Therefore, they have a problem with other mythologies and science. …

  • The pillars of gods and kings

    The pillars of gods and kings

    Published on 31st March, 2019, in Mumbai Mirror. The Rig Veda refers to giant houses …

  • As you sow, so you may not reap

    As you sow, so you may not reap

    Our entire life is about repaying debt’s incurred in previous lifetimes and avoiding a generation of new debts…

  • Is post-truth same as myth?

    Is post-truth same as myth?

    Western myth, or the dominant worldview that shapes the long history of the West, remains singular and linear…

  • Cultural leadership: hierarchy in the east and individualism in the west

    Cultural leadership: hierarchy in the east and individualism in the west

    A cultural understanding of leadership, an appreciation of cultural differences, work at a collective or statistical level, not at an individual level…

  • Hutatma, the martyr-witness

    Hutatma, the martyr-witness

    At the heart of martyrdom is the idea of clinging. And this is why it is not a central theme in mythologies based on karma, where liberation (moksha) follows only when you let go!…

  • What is Tamil Veda?

    What is Tamil Veda?

    Depending on who you ask, you will find one of three books identified as the Tamil Veda, locally known as Dravida Veda or Tamil Marai…

  • Historians too should share the blame for the rise of religious radicalism

    Historians too should share the blame for the rise of religious radicalism

    It is easy to blame radical politicians and religious leaders for igniting the spark. But let’s not forget those who fuel the fire…

  • Is samosa Indian, or Vedic?

    Is samosa Indian, or Vedic?

    Many ingredients and dishes came to India from foreign lands. Likewise, many ingredients and dishes went from India to foreign lands…

  • How Adi Shankaracharya united a fragmented land

    How Adi Shankaracharya united a fragmented land

    Is our current understanding of Shankara contaminated by the ambitions of his not-so-intellectual followers who relish the idea of domination?…

  • Transgenders versus homosexuals

    Transgenders versus homosexuals

    In Greek mythology, there are many stories of homosexual love: where men love men, and women love women. Apollo falls in love with Hyacinthus, while his sister Artemis drives Callisto away when she lets a man make her pregnant…

  • The impact of Abrahamic mythology

    The impact of Abrahamic mythology

    The tale of the Promised Land mirrors the tale of Eden: returning home to perfection…

  • Mythology everywhere

    Mythology everywhere

    Mythological films stand between fantasy films on one hand and historical films on the other…

  • Beyond Hinduism: Is caste a religious or a regional problem?

    Beyond Hinduism: Is caste a religious or a regional problem?

    Which mythology – religious or secular – shapes the South Asian mind?…

  • Intolerance: the Movie

    Intolerance: the Movie

    Nobody is interested in countering the menace. Everybody seems to be more bothered about branding!…

  • New avatar for old crusades

    New avatar for old crusades

    For the Muslim world secularism, rationality, liberalism and democracy are just new avatars of their old Christian foes…

  • Cradle of Monotheism

    Cradle of Monotheism

    When empires came into being, emperors believed their god was the greater god, and he was the chosen man, and his people were the chosen people…

  • The yearning for a full stop

    The yearning for a full stop

    The body will have a full stop; but does the mind? Does the mind resist the death of the body and demands freedom from this physical tyranny?…