Category Archives: Hinduism

Chitragupta’s Record Collection

I enjoy reading fiction based on classical mythology, and one bonus of such books is that they often give me new mythological figures or stories to further research. In this case, the first Aru Shah book introduced me to Chitragupta, … Continue reading

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Mythology Today

A Local Habitation, by Seanan McGuire – The second of the October Daye novels has Toby, at the behest of her lord Duke Sylvester, investigating a fairy-run computer company in Fremont, which in Faerie is a buffer zone between two … Continue reading

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Rakkhosh and Ruin

One type of being that’s quite significant in Sayantani DasGupta’s The Serpent’s Secret is the Rakkhosh, a sort of human-eating monster that usually speaks in rhyme. The book also associates them with black holes, presumably an invention of DasGupta’s, although … Continue reading

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If Called by a Panther, Don’t Anther

Black Panther – I finally saw this yesterday, which is probably good as the theaters have to make room for the next Marvel movie. This was an important cultural landmark, as it had a black director and majority black cast, … Continue reading

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Big Birds

I don’t think I’ve ever written a post about the Simurgh, the giant bird from Persian mythology that I actually first came across in the Xanth series. Pretty much always identified as female, this peacock-like bird is often shown as … Continue reading

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Save Your Drama for the Yamas

Yama Yama Land: Where Everything Is Different, by Grace Duffie Boylan, illustrated by Edgar Keller – There were several books released in the early twentieth century that were largely imitative of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, both in story and … Continue reading

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There Goes the Sun

I thought I might do something with mythology related to eclipses this week, and this page gives an overview of some such explanations. It was apparently pretty common to assume the Sun was being eaten when it disappeared during the … Continue reading

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