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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It is a collection of legends numbering over a hundred, about magicians and yakshis, feudal rulers and conceited poets, kalari experts, practitioners of ayurveda and courtiers; elephants and their mahouts, tantric experts.
It includes popular tales such as about the twelve children of Vararuchi and Parayi a woman of Paraiyar caste , Kayamkulam Kochunni, Kadamattathu Kathanar among many others. The story of 12 children is popularly known as Parayi petta panthirukulam. Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Srikumar Krishna Iyer Hi Try to buy the segregated version released by Manorama or any other publishers if available. I mean, the same edition released as multiple part …more Hi I mean, the same edition released as multiple parts 2 parts in case of Manorama publishers.
That way the pages spanning book will become easier to read. Old malayalam style makes it slightly difficult to read but for regular malayalm readers, it shouldn't be a big issue. Happy reading!!! Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Mar 06, Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing Shelves: malayalam , myth-fairy-tales.
This book strings together the myths and legends of Kerala - it is true to its name, "The Garland of Legends". This fertile strip of land, bordered on one side by the Western Ghats and on the other by the Arabian Sea, is called "God's Own Country" by the tourism authorities. While this is a catchy line to sell to Westerners, "The Country of Woodland Sprites and Goblins" would be more appropriate. Kerala is rich in myth, folklore and legend - and Kottarathil Sankunni does the invaluable service he This book strings together the myths and legends of Kerala - it is true to its name, "The Garland of Legends".
Kerala is rich in myth, folklore and legend - and Kottarathil Sankunni does the invaluable service here of collecting many of them together in a single volume. It is a fascinating collection and required reading for every Malayali: to understand the magical landscape of our beautiful state. View all 5 comments.
Mar 07, Arun Divakar rated it it was amazing. Hallowed be thy name! Thou shalt remain as the heart that beats indefatigably even after all the other stories are buried deep beneath the murky waves of time. Ithihyamala captures some of the central myths from all over Kerala in this door stopper of a book. How is it amazing? The stories are extremely colorful and tell the tales of a time when people were more religiously oriented than they are these days.
Before science befuddled the human mind with rationality, gods walked the earth with mortal men! The Aithihyamala is a collection of tales that are an amalgamation of fact,history,myth and folklore from the state of Kerala. This collection was written by Kootharathtil Sankunni in the s and the documentation took place over a period of 25 years.
The collection has been translated into three volumes by Leela James and is published by hachetteindia. I love Indian folktales,tradition and myths and so I thought I will check out the first volume in the beginning. I was unable to put the bo The Aithihyamala is a collection of tales that are an amalgamation of fact,history,myth and folklore from the state of Kerala. I was unable to put the book down. There are stories of miracle doctors -aalathur nambi,saints who could see God ,kings who were real lions,loyal elephants ,astrologers,snakes ,gods and goddesses all combined in this volume.
It was magical and these families still exist. I wanted to go to Kerala and actually see these places after reading this.
If you love Indian folklore and history ,don't miss this. View 2 comments. This title is the best reference source for everything related to myths and legends from Kerala. Century-old tales about mythical places, events, temples and even legendary elephants are narrated by the author in great detail and will mesmerize the reader.
The book is so charming that it invites the reader to re-read it again and again. Aug 22, Ullas Nair rated it it was amazing. Its a collection of some of the legends of Kerala. A wonderful read! View 1 comment.
Poorly edited book. Lot of grammatical mistakes. And spelling mistakes too make their presence felt.
I could have done a better job in editing this one. Apart from that, the book showcases the old times in Kerala. Me, being from the God's Own Country, found it an interesting read because of the display of heritage and culture of my home land which was unknown to me till now. And the book mentions my hometown too. It was a goosebumps moment there. Those who want to take in all the stories that are included in the book, you better have a paper and a pencil with you while you read.
There are a few stories that are intertwined but mentioned in different chapters. My home land is so full and rich of heritage and now I know some of it. There Far from our lives, our villages I'll forget your voice, your face Even if I hold you tight in my arms You escape already from me there. Jan 20, Aseed hussain rated it liked it. Jan 23, Narayanamurthy S Ramachandran rated it really liked it.
Having lost the ability to read lengthy Malayalam texts in original, I read the English translation of selected stories from this book by Leela James, published in three volumes by Hachtte India which doesn't figure in the editions listed by Goodreads. Mine was an attempt at reliving some of these mysterious stories that one grew up with in Kerala of half a century ago.
May 25, Akash Aravind rated it really liked it. Stories are awesome, but language is a bit of a letdown, since its been written more than a century back. Still, enjoyed it all. Jul 31, Hari rated it it was amazing.
Read during my childhood Feb 28, Arun Kumar rated it really liked it. Aug 05, Abhiram Manakkad rated it it was amazing. The biggest collection of history. A very interesting book on legends and stories of the age gone by in Kerala. Jun 22, Sreeram rated it really liked it. The history of kerala and the belief of malayalees depicted in a language that the natives cherish to read. It is a string of little stories of different pepole,places,gods and of course elephants that paints the imagination of generations.
Like most of the indian villages the story of a place is associated with a the story of its temple. Most of the stories may challenge your reasoning but believe me , you will love to believe them. A wonderful collection of myths and legends of Kerala folklore, eight volumes in one big book, untranslated. It was a challenge to finish it, but finish I did.
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It is a collection of legends numbering over a hundred, about magicians and yakshis , feudal rulers and conceited poets, kalari or Kalaripayattu experts, practitioners of Ayurveda and courtiers; elephants and their mahouts, tantric experts. Kottarathil Sankunni 23 March — 22 July , a Sanskrit-Malayalam scholar who was born in Kottayam in present-day Kerala, started documenting these stories in They were published in the Malayalam literary magazine, the Bhashaposhini , and were collected in eight volumes and published in the early 20th century. It includes popular tales such as about the twelve children of Vararuchi and Parayi a woman of Paraiyar caste , Kayamkulam Kochunni , Kadamattathu Kathanar among many others.
Aithihyamala: The Great Legends of Kerala (in 2 Volumes)