A unique feature of Hindu mythology is the key role played by animals or pashu. ThePuranas, ancient Hindu story chronicles, reveal that Brahma, the creator, had a soncalled Kashyapa, whose many wives gave birth to different types of pashu:• Timi gave birth to animals who swim• Vinata gave birth to animals who fly• Kadru gave birth to animals who crawl• Surabhi gave birth to animals with hooves• Sarama gave birth to animals with paws• Surasa gave birth to animals who defy classificationThis book retells their stories. With over 75 gorgeously illustrated anecdotes, DevduttPattanaik reveals how our ancestors imagined the animal kingdom, and the key roleanimals played in human lives.


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Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik
Devdutt Pattanaik is a medical doctor by education, a leadership consultant by profession and a mythologist by passion. He has written and lectured extensively on the nature of sacred stories, symbols and rituals and their relevance in modern times. His books with Penguin India include The Book of Ram, Myth = Mithya: A Handbook of Hindu Mythology, The Pregnant King, Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana and the Devlok series of stories for children. Devdutt's unconventional approach and engaging style are evident in his lectures, books and articles. To know more visit
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