Mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik discusses the cycle of gold kept alive through the tradition of giving gold as a gift to family and friends. He explains the beliefs behind the tradition of giving away gold and links it to an individual’s state of spirituality. Giving away gold is seen as auspicious, and this is highlighted by connecting them with the divinity of the Devas. Exchanging gold is praised over hoarding gold, the latter of which is performed by the Rakshasas.
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