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Snakes exist in the myths of most societies, often embodying magical, mysterious forces. Snake cults were especially important in eastern India and Bangladesh, where for centuries worshipers of the indigenous snake goddess Manasa resisted the competing religious influences of Indo-Europeans and Muslims. The result was a corpus of verse texts narrating Manasa’s struggle to ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Harvard University Press
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Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beginning with the creation of the world and telling many climactic tales of the Hindu snake goddess Manasa’s interactions with humans, Haq crafts a uniquely playful set of sacred stories that bear striking similarities to those told in other religious traditions. Like Greek myths, the Manasa stories are full of shape-shifting and mistaken identity; rape and incest; jealousy and revenge; and over-the-top exploits of warring gods. She even wears snakes in her hair, like Medusa. Many parallels can ...more
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Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: india, myth
An english retelling of the the Bengali work Manasa Vijaya. Seems to be a composite of various versions.
Mainak Ghosal
Sep 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a first comprehensive Bengali "Maa Manasa" story re-telling in English by Author Kaiser Haq who obviously hails from the eastern part - Bangladesh[Professor in Dhaka University] where the worship of snakes is predominant--even the Muslims worship her.And with Wendy Doniger’s Introduction examining the significance of snake worship in classical Sanskrit texts,the book becomes even more delightful.
But to the contrary is Haq's allegory of 'flew off at a supersonic speed'---like Liverpool fo
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Kaiser Hamidul Haq (born 7 December 1950) is a Bangladeshi poet, translator, essayist, critic and academic. He is one of the few Bangladeshis who excel in creative writings in English. He is a professor of English at the University of Dhaka. In the liberation war of Bangladesh, he fought against Pakistani Army "as a freshly commissioned subaltern in command of a company". Haq's poems, mostly writt ...more