We started a new topic with the start of the month. Every year, we cover the mythology of a different culture. In the three years that Mr. Curiosity has been homeschooled, we’ve done Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. This year, we’re moving a little farther east and are studying Hindu deities. One of the reasons I chose Hindu mythology was because my mother-in-law brought us The Little Book of Hindu Deities by Sanjay Patel after visiting India. We’re using this as our spine book because it provides one page descriptions of most of the big Hindu gods and goddesses, including some of the different incarnations. There’s not a lot of detail, and the pictures are definitely prettied up, but it’s a good place to start. As a bonus, there’s a phonetic spelling of each of the names, since they’re not said the way I assume.
There’s not a lot of books on the Hindu gods and goddesses in our local library system, but I was able to find a couple of options. Our first story we read was a picture book: Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Emily Haynes and Sanjay Patel. This was a retelling of story of Ganesha, with beautiful illustrations that really provide the color and style of Indian culture. It also provided the key elements of Ganesha’s story – the elephant head, his mighty steed (a mouse), and one of the great sacred Hindu texts.
For more stories about Ganesha and his interactions with many of the other Hindu deities, try The Broken Tusk as retold by Uma Krishnaswami. They are short stories, but again provide the flavor of the Hindu pantheon. Even Miss Adventure enjoyed reading the stories, even if there’s only a couple of black and white illustrations in the book.
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