Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India

Ka: Stories of the Mind and Gods of India


"A giddy invasion of stories--brilliant, enigmatic, troubling, outrageous, erotic, beautiful." --The ny occasions booklet Review

"So remarkable that you just cannot examine it anymore--and you cannot examine the rest. . . . not anyone will learn it with out reward."
--The Boston Globe

With a similar narrative fecundity and innovative sympathy he delivered to his acclaimed retelling of the Greek myths, Roberto Calasso plunges Western readers into the brain of old India. He starts off with a secret: Why is crucial god within the Rg Veda, the oldest of India's sacred texts, identified by means of a mystery name--"Ka," or Who?
    What ensues isn't really an evidence, yet an unveiling. listed below are the tales of the production of brain and topic; of the starting place of demise, of the 1st sexual union and the 1st parricide. We study why Siva needs to hold his father's cranium, why snakes have forked tongues, and why, as a part of a definite sacrifice, the king's spouse needs to copulate with a lifeless horse. A travel de strength of scholarship and seduction, Ka is impossible to resist.

"Passage[s] of such ecstatic perception and cross-cultural synthesis--simply, of such beauty."  --The long island evaluate of Books

"All is spectacle and pleasure, and tiny mirrors reflecting human foibles are set into the weave,turning this retelling into the stuff of literature." --The New Yorker

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