Devdutt Pattanaik, India’s increasingly popular mythologist, speaks on the positive symbol that is gold and how it is inescapably tied to the culture of India. He draws out the dichotomy of beliefs that revolve around gold in Indian society by referring to ancient Indian texts like the Puranas, Rigveda, and the Mahabharata. Here, he speaks of the myths that tie the power of gold to not only India’s divine deities Shiva and Lakshmi but also to spirituality, and how gold is not just a symbol of luxury but also divinity.
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