Lore and Legends of Kerala: Selections from Kottarathil Sankunnis Aithihyamala

Paperback | December 15, 2008

byKotaratthil SankunniTranslated byT.C. Narayanan

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Kerala, on the south-western coast of India, was described as late as 1838, 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 800 or so stories that form Aithihyamala, the definitive collection of the myths and social history of Kerala.Aithihyamala, which was first published in 1909, 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.N. Karunakaran and Namboodiri. This book has been designed to appeal to young readers who will find the stories interesting and the illustrations delightful, asalso for enthusiasts of Indian literature and culture and general readers.

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Kerala, on the south-western coast of India, was described as late as 1838, 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 800 o...

Kottarathil Sankunni (1855-1957) had no formal schooling and studied Sanskrit classics and ayurvedic treatises for many years. His real name was Vasudevan Unni and his work spans a variety of genres. He taught at a seminary school at Kottayam and was later the first poetry editor of the newspaper Malayala Manorama. T.C. Narayanan has ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pagesPublished:December 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Aithihyamala--A Garland of Legends (Introduction)AcknowledgementsA Hindu Princess and her Islamic DynastyThe Arithmetic of FaithFrom Poverty to RoyaltySnake PowerBorn to WinThe Martial Arts TeacherKandankoran or KitangoorWhen the Rulers SparCascade of GeniusTradition of the Magic HerbA Wife's StrategyThe Ant-Hill TempleNeelakanthan of PanthalamA Fiery PenanceThe Power of MimeGod vs GodKerala-style Robin HoodFate changed by FaithThe Power of SimplicityThe Dilemma of BigamyA Foreigner's FaithThe Hill Temple of KeralaSanghakkali - an Ancient Dance FormThe Chinese Jars and the Mango PickleDivine Protecion, Divine JusticeThe Mango of Eternal LifeThe Temple of SnakesReading the FutureThe Raja's Dream TempleThe Lake TempleThripunithura FestivalsA Voice Muted by PrideThe Kottarakkara Cow ShelterA Brahmin in Muslim DisguiseThe Power of FaithThe Origin of a Great PoetGopalan The Chosen OneAn Ideal WifeKozhikode MarketThe Spitting HabitLoyalty is where Power isDevotion vs EruditionThe Power of IllusionThe Saint of VilwamangalamThe Priest of KatamattamTwo Royal PersonalitiesThrough Faith to FameThe Invisible FamilyGlossary