|Film Description:||“BLOOD-SEED” DEMONS, AND WISH-FULFILLING COWS: ASSORTED BEINGS FROM THE INDIAN IMAGINATION|
May 3, 2017
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.
For further reading:
Dimmitt, Conelia, and J. A. B. van Buitenen, eds. 1978. Classical Hindu Mythology: A Reader in the Sanskrit Puränas. Temple University Press (Philadelphia, PA).
O'Flaherty, Wendy Doniger. 1980. Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts. University of Chicago Press (Chicago).