By Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein
50 nice Myths of well known Psychology makes use of renowned myths as a car for supporting scholars and laypersons to differentiate technological know-how from pseudoscience.
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This blow left a hoofprint on the god’s forehead, which Vishnu’s devotees copied, making on their own foreheads a distinctive mark (tîlaka) of three horizontal lines. These stories were endless. Anthropogony Where did we come from? Were humans always like this? How are we supposed to live? What are the correct traditions? What are the laws we should live by? Besides all of the creation or evolution stories, there were stories about the four castes—brâhmins, kshatriyas, vais´yas, and s´ûdras. When human origin was traced to the dismemberment of the cosmic man (purusha), the castes were described as originating from different parts of his body.
Kâlanemi had six sons, whose bad karma from a previous lifetime was explicitly stated in another myth. They had been the six sons of Marîci, a semidivine figure clouded in some mystery. Marîci was associated with Indra and was apparently a marut, with powers of storm and battle. Marîci’s sons were so powerful Introduction that they rivaled the creator, Brahmâ. They openly mocked him and accused Brahmâ of marrying his daughter, Sarasvatî. Weakened by their own actions, they were victims of Brahmâ’s curse—that they would be reborn as asuras.
Which came first? Some Hindu myths say that humans created the gods, so the order has been debated. Hindu mythology accounts for the origin of the cosmos (cosmogony) with four of the five general cosmogonic solutions human beings have advanced, leaving out only the notion of creation from nothing. Many myths recall a cosmic battle, such as the one between Indra and Vritra. This kind of cosmogony is common in mythology, where creation comes from a victory over chaos. In the earliest Rigvedic hymns Vritra was a water demon (chaos), and Indra gained a victory that brought order (and thus creation).
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein