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Kerala in India is known the world over as God's Own Country. Tales from Maveli's Land takes you to the fascinating world of valorous, benevolent or cruel kings, brilliant scholars, sacred temples, brahmins with divine powers to control Gods and demi-Gods, physicians with ability to cure rare diseases and many more characters of ancient Kerala whose stories, both facts and fiction, are seamlessly intertwined.
Translated and adapted from the famous malayalam work "Aithihyamala" by Shri Kottarathil Sankunni, this book can easily match the popular Arabian Nights for its sheer ability to kindle the reader's imagination. Hyperlinks to interesting locations, have been provided, for the discerning reader and tourist. Tales From Maveli's Land is indeed a great bedtime read for not only children but for persons of any age who wish to go where their power of imagination takes them.
For this, I congratulate and appreciate Sthanu G. Dutt for his efforts. All the stories in the volume highlight a human dimension that depicts characters with a range of emotions from the angry, heartless and cruel to the comic and tragic. In stories like the descendents of Vararuchi or the stories of Thalakulathoor Bhattathiri or Muttassu Namboori, one finds characters that could just as well be from our daily lives.
Their emotional responses to situations are entertaining because they can be identified with. But at the same time, these stories differ from our present day because interwoven within them is the supernatural, the divine and the spectral.
But what makes this enchantment so identifiable with Malayalees is the personable way that the divine and supernatural interact and mingle with the human world. Thus humans not only talk, socialize, and barter with the divine but even entrap and mate with them. All this is staged against the context of familiar places such as Kidangoor, Padmanabhapuram, Thiruvananthapuram, Vadakkunathan Temple, Kottayam, Ambalapuzha in Kerala.
As if emphasizing this connection with these known places, the author has provided useful hyperlinks to the Wikipedia pages of many of these places that allow the reader to navigate to these pages and read more about their history and present situation. Additionally, throughout the book the author has also provided useful parenthetical explanations for specific Malayalam terms such as illam, purayidam, padippura, thampuran, thachan etc.
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Aithihyamala: The Great Legends of Kerala (in 2 Volumes)
Kerala, on the south-western coast of India, was described as late as , as 'God's Garden' by German missionary and scholar, Hermann Gundert. Even as this land continues to sustain its reputation, little is known about its social and cultural ethos. Lore and Legends of Kerala is adistillation of 48 of the most sparkling of the or so stories that form Aithihyamala, the definitive collection of the myths and social history of Kerala. Aithihyamala, which was first published in , is a compilation of narratives that were recorded by Kottarathil Sankunni and published by the Malayala Manorama newspaper and its literary journal Bhashaposhini. Peopled by sorcerers, spirits, dynamic women, and snakes and elephants, the stories ofthis grand collection explore universal human values like faith, commitment to spirituality, respect for elders, reverence for parents and mentors, love for the young, and compassion for dependants. Significantly, the stories range across all the religious groups of Kerala. A representative selection of the themes and stories of this classic work, this book includes illustrations by leading Malayalee artists C.
Lore and Legends of Kerala : Selections from Kottarathil Sankunni's Aithihyamala
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It is a collection of legends numbering over a hundred, about magicians and yakshis , feudal rulers and conceited poets, kalari or Kalaripayattu experts, practitioners of Ayurveda and courtiers; elephants and their mahouts, tantric experts. Kottarathil Sankunni 23 March — 22 July , a Sanskrit-Malayalam scholar who was born in Kottayam in present-day Kerala, started documenting these stories in They were published in the Malayalam literary magazine, the Bhashaposhini , and were collected in eight volumes and published in the early 20th century. It includes popular tales such as about the twelve children of Vararuchi and Parayi a woman of Paraiyar caste , Kayamkulam Kochunni , Kadamattathu Kathanar among many others. The story of 12 children is popularly known as Parayi petta panthirukulam.