Reading Mythology in Modern Times

Mythology has existed in our society forever. When exactly, we can never be sure. Neither can we refute whatever is talked about in our mythological tales and texts. For us, mythology functions as the lifeline of the society that pumps morals from one generation to another. Be it the concept of fate, love and power or the mythical names adopted by people and places, mythology is considered auspicious, inspiring and divine.

However, in the contemporary world, mythology has been dwindling in its impact and value. Modernization and better technology has made way for new and varied means of entertainment. And thus youngsters don’t share natural inquisitiveness towards their mythology. In a world where gaming, chats and movies are the latest defining trend, youth is slowly drifting away from its cultural richness. Modern authors have thus taken up the task of reviving mythology through their works.

Mythological books written by modern day authors aim to bring youth closer to their roots. For instance, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Bhagavad Gita have been our inspiring mythological texts that have guided generations since ages. While younger generation never stops tweeting about fashion and celeb hook-ups, only a countable few will have complete knowledge about our mythology. In this respect, mythological books are a great step towards bridging the gap between mythology and people.

It’s not the first time that mythology is being revived for encouraging youth-connect. Disney gained accolades with its animated mythological world of Atlas, Titan and Hercules. Successful/epic television series of Ramayana and Mahabharata are popular till date. But, when it comes to regular reading and books, mythological texts seem tough and time consuming.

However, modern adaptation of the same texts offers an enriching experience that’s relatively easier to connect with.  Authors like Ashok Banker or Amish Tripathi have merged the ‘bestseller’ style with ‘mythology’. Short novels and books highlighting episodes, characters and changes of our mythological past are very much in vogue.  This makes reading mythology more enjoyable and informative. It gives better insight and lessons that can be applied to present times as well.

And last but not the least, faith in mythology works as an invisible force for keeping people connected. You never know, it might just be another way of Lord Krishna’s rebirth in modern times to control anarchy, and usher humanity around!

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