“A giddy invasion of stories–brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful.” –The New York Times Book Review “So brilliant. The sacred literature of Hinduism is traditionally divided into two “families.” In the older of the two are the books of revelation, held in highest. In Ka Roberto Calasso has taken the sprawling body of classical Sanskrit literature and synthesized it into a kind of novel. Each of its fourteen chapters.
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The author takes you through the mystic world of Indian scriptures, the origin of human life and the relationship with gods, the subtle interpretations of intrigues starting from the awe-struck Vinatha in the majestic presence of her son Garuda.
Great book for those interested in diving into the mythologies of India. He was sneaking a look at their love-making before chased away by Parvati. Ogni amante ama innanzitutto un assente. Chapter X is about the soma, the drink that gives gods and men immortality, the “one quantity that was also quality.
Think maybe I need to come back to this one when I’m more familiar with Indian mythology.
The world he created was magical! KA, by the Italian writer Roberto Calasso, is a breathtaking and revelatory book.
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Get to Know Us. He weaves the stories of the Indian culture together beautifully but being Indian, I have heard these stories told to me by my family. The book ends with its beginning, Garuda awakening from his sleep, his claws still grasping hymn number of the tenth book of the Rg Veda, his eyes still focused on the syllable from which everything had issued forth: The trend for portraying whole civilizations continues with Ka where the subject of the re-writing is Hindu mythology.
The detailed and yes, often bordering on the erotic descriptions of various Vedic ceremonies are somewhat interesting, especially to people who have only known the television versions. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.
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Because it can never be found in the world. Chapter IX recounts the story of the old rsis Cyavana who got the divine twins the Asvins to return him his youth, in exchange for a chance to win the favor of his wife, Sukanya.
He begins with a mystery: This portion of review repeats for other books. Something invisible that happens within thought. But that’s a weak foundation for understanding the complex nature of Indian mythology.
It leaves the reader to form their individual thoughts, opinions, interpretations while keeping them engaged with story telling found often in fiction. However, it turned out to be more a setting out of some of the principles of Hindu philosophy, using some of the stories to hang that on to. When the horse returned, it was strangled, and then the king’s first wife lay with the dead horse, its phallus introduced into her vulva.
I assuaged my resulting feelings of being extra dumb by realizing it would be difficult for me, a mere mortal, to understand such matters anyway. Each of its fourteen chapters foregrounds a particular figure, such as Prajapati, Shiva, Krishna, or the Buddha, or a story such calassi the Mahabharata.
A magnificent reading of Hindu texts. Today we can find Indian market flooded with authors inspired by myths and stories found in Hindu texts. Although, it covers only minuscule section of Indian myths and stories, still it makes a great reading. B a later passage, Calasso links Krsna and Arjuna to these two birds of the Vedic hymn, no longer on opposite branches of the same tree, but on a war chariot.
He begins with a mystery: Review “The very best book about Hindu mythology that anyone has ever written I’m probably reading the U It started out well, but very quickly became dry.
Ka by Roberto Calasso
Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. There were flashes of brilliance that did sink in, and here they are. Again, on the beginning of stories: Calasso’s erudition and his capacity for invention appear to be limitless. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go.
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The chapters are ordered — proceeding from the creation of the world to the Buddha, framed by Garuda and Ka — but the weave is loose and Ka doesn’t have to be read cover-to-cover to be appreciated. We are their slaves. Feb 24, Dr. But in the end, what did they have to lose, given that their lives were so futile?