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Now You’re Speaking My Language

I’ve written before about the Tower of Babel, the weird story from Genesis that explains why people speak so many different languages. Exactly why this needed a mythical explanation isn’t entirely clear. People speak different languages because they developed in different … Continue reading

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When the World and I Were Young

Continuing on the theme of calendars from another recent post, I’ve done some investigation into different calculations of the age of the world. The Jewish calendar and the traditional Byzantine one both date from the Anno Mundi, or Year of … Continue reading

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The Moon Has His Eyes on You

Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes, by Roshani Chokshi – The series based on Hindu mythology continues with this volume, where the reincarnated Pandavas seek out the magical tree Kalpavriksha with the help of a proud naga prince. Over … Continue reading

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A Demon Spurned

I haven’t written a dedicated mythology post in a while, and I recently finished the second Aru Shah book, so I thought I might do something with one of its characters. One of the main villains in the story was … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Indra Goes Out

I don’t think I’ve yet devoted a post to Indra, the Hindu storm god and warrior. He was the leader of the gods and a great hero in the Rigvedas, but once the worship of the Trimurti came to dominate … Continue reading

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This Is the Way the World Ends

So, the Rapture is today, right? Actually, Beth and I were listening to Family Radio tonight, and Harold Camping said something about how it wouldn’t come until 6 PM in whatever time zone you happen to be in, at which … Continue reading

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You’re a Rich God, and You’ve Gone Too Far

One interesting Twitter feed to which I subscribe is Godchecker, which features humorous but generally accurate information on many different deities. The site’s creator has a book out, which I don’t own, but I’d like to. Anyway, a few days … Continue reading

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