Mythological Juggernaut, takes you through 7000 years of human existence and tries to analyze the mythical stories existing in every community and explains in a logical and lucid manner the possible factors and reasons for development of these religious myths, as these are effecting every human whether through traditions or as a religious phenomenon. A must read for all modern minds More
Mythological Juggernaut a book written by Sukhdev Bhatia takes you through 7000 years of human existence and tries to analyze why mythical stories forming basis of religion in most of the countries cannot be rejected out rightly, as some of the location and sites related to these myths are in existence even today. However these mythical stories may appear as true historical narratives to the faithful but do not appeal to a modern rational mind.
This semi-fictional book, based on historical and traditional information about past events, is an effort to understand these myths rationally, as these have affected and are affecting, even today, billions of humans, living in the eastern part of our planet.
Humans started living in communities more than 10,000 years ago and it was primarily started as an insurance against vagaries of weather, unpredictable disasters and regular natural calamities. Safety of human lives further depended on animals and creatures, stronger than them, leading them to conclude that these more powerful animals, probably control natural forces too. Therefore to safeguard their lives and assets, they started inventing methods, to please these stronger forces and this led to worshipping of some particular animals, or mix of them as super forces or Gods.
These methods or procedures called rites and rituals were mastered by certain individuals in each tribe, clan or community .These specialists called priests, or by any other name were feared people, as they were thought to be intermediaries between super forces and humans and any story or event narrated by them, was considered to be authoritative and was not normally questioned. This situation led to creation of myths from small real initial stories, and their vastly exaggerated versions, being handed down as actual happenings.
At times surfacing of prehistoric mammoth skeletons, due to odd excavation or natural calamities like earthquake, flooding or erosion, have further added support to these myths, conveyed as absolute truths, by these religious teachers, preachers or storytellers and they took full poetic liberties while narrating these or putting them down in lyrical form and acceptance of these myths by a community, eventually took shape of a faith or a religion, stated to be ordained from the skies. Such is the power of myths, that they have affected human behaviour throughout their existence, created political divisions resulting into fights ,battles and wars.
The book provides an insight to our religious beliefs, without disturbing the foundation of our faiths, and thus answers many questions, which crop up in modern young analytical minds, wanting to measure, truth in each issue.
However, due to development of science and dawn of age of reasoning, these myths have now become responsible for jeopardising the faith of new generations in every supernatural phenomenon, including existence of God, even though there are arguments in favour as well as against it. Scientific evidence as on date, does exclude existence of an almighty judge who keeps inequality among human beings, but loves all. Even this conviction though supported by many, does not seem true, as it is unable to answer, existence of a mighty creation of cosmos with billions of galaxies, stars with planet, and the whole universe, does seem to follow some laws and as such some intelligent force has to be there, to start this creation and create those laws.
The author in a logical and lucid manner discusses the possible factors and reasons for development of religious myths, as these are effecting every human on our earth whether through traditions or as a religious phenomenon.
The book tries to remove from minds of readers certain irrational beliefs without disturbing the foundations of religious faiths, making it more acceptable to modern rational minds.
This semi-fictional work is a must read for all modern minds
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