Angry, Angry Indra

May 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm (Hinduism, Literature, Mythology & Religion) (, , , , , )

Sometimes I worry that I’m the only one who thinks mythology is funny.

Like tonight, I’m sitting in the breakroom eating some yogurt reading the Ramayana.   Hope you guys aren’t tired of hearing about that book because I’m really not tired of talking about it.  And here’s what makes me laugh: William Buck portrays Indra as one really crank dude.  Every few pages Indra is stomping around and throwing thunderbolts, and not in that regal way the Greeks portray Zeus either.  I mean Indra is just crabby and I think this is hilarious.

Early on Buck writes, “In heaven above, Indra turned and sighed and hissed like an angry snake.  His fine robes were burnt and torn, his face and chest were covered with dried blood.  He was angry; he heard Vasishthas’s [a Brahmin/priest] call and it made him still angrier” (11).

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1 Comment

  1. Fred Barnett said,

    Mythology is “a gas.” I love messing with the Goddesses.

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