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The cultural as well as religious identity related to Hinduism is considered as quite broad. In Hindu mythology, there are more than 330 million role models that are most likely to validate the person’s identity who have been framed in pace with the developing mankind since ancient times (Doyle, “Hindu Mythology”).
Two short stories have been considered in the discussion henceforth, i.e. the Story of Yayati and the Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish with the sole intention to obtain a better knowledge regarding the linkage of cultural values, philosophies and beliefs perceived by Indians with Hindu mythology. Hence, the chief objective of the discussion will be to obtain a better in-sight to the rudiments of Hindu mythology.
According to the Satapatha Brahmana, a Hindu sacred text determining account of Vedic rituals, the first incarnation of Lord Vishnu on earth is known as Matsya Avatar. The story narrates that when Hari, who was considered to be the preserver of the universe, discovered the deed of the prince of the Danavas, became bound to take the shape of the fish which was known as Saphari or Matsya (Wilkins 134-141).
According to the myth, Brahma was sleeping one day when Hayagriva, a horse-headed demon, took away the holy Vedas that helped God in creating life. The demon ran away and concealed inside the deep oceans which obstructed Brahma from nurturing the establishment of the universe. Owing to the fact that He was incapable of doing so, Brahma called Vishnu for assistance. It was during that time when Vishnu took the form of fish in order to get the Vedas back from the demon. Consequently, Vishnu took the avatar of Matsya, a one-horned fish, and swam into the hands of Satyavrata, who has also been the king of ancient Dravida-desa and renowned as Manu. Lord Vishnu, in his Matsya avatar then asked Manu for shelter from the predators in the ocean. In order to save the life of the fish, Manu took it
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Myths are believed to reflect the beliefs, philosophies and values of a culture. This paper will explore the extent to which myths could be regarded as significant to the culture of the Indian who live in India, as well the uses of the mythology among the Indians.
Greater number of followers has been enchanted by its symbolic representation of ‘prem’ (referred to love), ‘karma’ (referred to responsibilities) as well as ‘punar janam’ (referred to rebirth or reincarnation). Myths are not true in any scientific sense, philosophically, theologically, metaphysically or ontologically.
Most of the myths relate around animals and their interaction with man in this case the Hindus themselves. The myth has moral lessons and in most cases the people who do wrong end up being punished for their wrong deeds. The myths can b traced back to the Vedic civilization; these are the myths that were developed during the rise of the Vedic religion in India.
Hence, defining each person’s position in the society and roles one has to undertake which are class-bound. In this account, Yayati emanates from Khatriya class that comprises of warriors mandated with the role of ensuring security in the society besides demanded by the tradition to bestow gifts onto the Brahmins (Apurva 4).
The selected bridegroom has to consider several attributes before he agrees to take in the bride, one of it is whether he is fit to marry the girl. This brings fear to the men who risk been rejected by the bride’s family if not found worthy. Some of the Indian societies, like Hindu, have an organized social hierarchy, which provides a good platform for arranged marriages.
There is goodness within the world of the play, but there remains madness and death and is complex to tell which triumphs in the end (Holland 153). Darkness and unhappiness permeate King Lear, and the devastating Act 5 embodies one of the most tragic endings within all of literature.
Visual art is one of the most common type and it includes architecture, photography and painting among other common types. Visual art includes the application of various inputs to produce real or rather tangible artistic products (Carrier 2007). Performing art on the other hand include using human natural talents to sing dance and act in a film among other forms.
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