University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Man-lions, “Blood-seed” Demons, and Wish-fulfilling Cows: Assorted Beings from the Indian Imagination

Wednesday 03 May 2017
6:00PM - 8:00PM
Penn Museum

Great Beasts of Legend

Deven Patel, Associate Professor, Department of South Asia Studies

The Beast in early South Asia runs the gamut of imaginative possibilities. Visualized in mythological literature and the plastic arts, unique and yet oddly recognizable Beings bubbled up for centuries from the psychic depths of Indian peoples. This presentation will highlight some of the great Beasts of these lands – menacing demons; divine emanations both majestic and hideous; sublime animals that defy all expectations; hybrid human/animal forms shuttling between mortal and immortal worlds. Special attention will be given to the distinctive ways these imaginings continue to shape the culture of this region.

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Admission: $5 single lecture advance ticket ($2 Penn Museum members); $10 at the door.

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