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7 Indian comics based on mythology

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Right from our childhood, we have been hearing stories from Indian mythology. Characters from Mahabharata and Ramayana especially ruled our childhood.

Taking a cue from the love for Indian mythologies, comics have always satiated the hunger for cartoon lovers.

Here is a list of seven cartoons based on mythologies

Ravanayan

ravanayanThis ten part comic series created by Vivek Goel and Vijayendra Mohanty and published by Holy Cow Entertainment is the perfect example of depicting an old story with a contemporary twist. It is the retelling of Ramayana with Ravana as the protagonist and is the best way of engrossing children and young adults in this cult epic.

Shiva- The Legend of the Immortals

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This series by Vimanika Comics depicts the tales of Shiva revealing various aspects of his convoluted personality. Till date, the series comprises of two books. The first book deals with ‘story of the origin of the universe and Lord Shiva’s marriage to Sati.’ The second book ‘dwells extremely on the love story of Lord Shiva and Parvati, their marriage and the battle between Kartikeya and Tarkasur.’

 

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This classic Indian monthly magazine started by B. Nagi Reddy and Chakrapani, and edited by Kodavatiganti Kutumba Rao for 28 years is the longest running comic in the Indianmythology sector. First published in Telugu and Tamil, it was published in Hindi in 1949 and now runs across 12 languages.

Aghori

aghoriWritten by Ram Iyer, published by Holy Cow Entertainment, and illustrated by Vivek Goel and Gaurav Srivastav, this comic introduces us to the intriguing life and culture of Aghoris. They are ascetic Shaiva Sadhus engaging in post-mortem rituals, sometimes involving cannibalism. It comprises large readership due to its marvelous mythological tales of these Shiva devotees.

 

I Am Kalki

The tenth incarnation of Vishnu is Kalki Avatar or holocaust. Kalki’s divine mission is to destroy the demons of corruption and ignorance. Kalki is a dark, slender, handsome and youthful boy who gradually discovers that he has many powers in his control. He begins a new life in the city, and behaves like any average teenager; but in the night, he goes around hunting down enemies of humanity the modern day demons.

This book of three complete volumes with the fourth on its way has engaged readers in the heroic story of this celebrated figure immensely.

Krishna: A Journey Within

krishna-webThis astounding fable of wit and wisdom by Abhishek Singh is ‘a searing, human portrayal of Lord Krishna’ which journeys along the pastimes that have swayed through ages. ‘It is the final confrontation between fire and man’s consuming greed to conquer all and the supreme power of the Divine Spirit.’

 

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Exclusively produced in broadcast partnership with Disney/BeunaVista International, this anime inspired a story from the house of RME revolves around the adventures of five uniquely Chandamamatalented Pandavas and their journey from rigorous training at Dronacharya’s hermitage to winning at a competition in the city of Panchal. This multi-layered story full of delicious maneuver shows how Pandavas excel at the art of warfare and aesthetics along with the resentful competition from their cousins, the Kauravas.

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After Three Decades, Japanese Emperor Akihito Will Abdicate His Throne

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Japan's Emperor Akihito takes part in a ritual called Taiirei-Tojitsu-Kashikodokoro-Omae-no-gi, a ceremony for the Emperor to report the conduct of the abdication ceremony, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan April 30, 2019. VOA

Japanese Emperor Akihito will abdicate on Tuesday in favor of his elder son, ending a three-decade reign during which he sought to ease the painful memories of World War Two and engage with people, including the marginalized in society.

The abdication, the first by a Japanese monarch in two centuries, will be marked by a brief and relatively simple ceremony in the Imperial Palace’s prestigious Matsu no ma, or Hall of Pine. About 300 people will attend and it will be broadcast live on television.

Akihito, 85, was the first Japanese monarch to take the throne under a post-war constitution that defines the emperor as a symbol of the people without political power.

His father, Hirohito, in whose name Japanese troops fought World War Two, was considered a living deity until after Japan’s defeat in 1945, when he renounced his divinity.

People raise hands as they shout 'banzai', or cheers, facing the Imperial Palace on the day of the Emperor Akihito's abdication in Tokyo, April 30, 2019.
People raise hands as they shout ‘banzai’, or cheers, facing the Imperial Palace on the day of the Emperor Akihito’s abdication in Tokyo, April 30, 2019. VOA

Akihito, together with Empress Michiko, his wife of 60 years and the first commoner to marry an imperial heir, carved out an active role as a symbol of reconciliation, peace and democracy.

“I think the emperor is loved by the people. His image is one of encouraging the people, such as after disasters, and being close to the people,” Morio Miyamoto, 48, said as he waited near a train station in western Tokyo.

“I hope the next emperor will, like the Heisei emperor, be close to the people in the same way,” he said.

Akihito, who has had treatment for prostate cancer and heart surgery, said in a televised address in 2016 that he feared his age would make it hard for him to carry out his duties fully.

‘Sacred treasures’

Akihito will report his abdication on Tuesday morning at sanctuaries inside the Imperial Palace grounds, one honoring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others honoring departed emperors and Shinto gods.

The abdication ceremony will take place in the afternoon with attendees including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako, as well as the heads of both houses of parliament and Supreme Court justices.

Imperial chamberlains will carry state and privy seals into the room along with two of Japan’s “Three Sacred Treasures” — a sword and a jewel — which together with a mirror are symbols of the throne. They are said to originate in ancient mythology. Abe will announce the abdication and Akihito will make his final remarks as emperor.

Naruhito, 59, will become emperor in separate ceremonies on Wednesday. Naruhito, who studied at Oxford, is likely to continue an active role and together with Harvard-educated Masako give the monarchy a cosmopolitan tinge.

FILE - Japan's Emperor Akihito, flanked by Imperial Household Agency officials carrying two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, leaves the main sanctuary as he visits the Inner shrine of the Ise Jingu shrine, ahead of his April 30, 2019 abdication.
Japan’s Emperor Akihito, flanked by Imperial Household Agency officials carrying two of the so-called Three Sacred Treasures of Japan, leaves the main sanctuary as he visits the Inner shrine of the Ise Jingu shrine, ahead of his April 30, 2019 abdication. VOA

Police have tightened security near the Imperial Palace, a 115-hectare site that is home to the emperor and empress in the heart of Tokyo. Media said several thousand police officers were being mobilized in the capital over the next few days.

Tuesday marks the last day of the Heisei imperial era, which began on Jan. 8, 1989, after Akihito inherited the throne. The era saw economic stagnation, natural disasters and rapid technological change.

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Akihito officially remains emperor until midnight, when the new Reiwa era, meaning “beautiful harmony,” begins.

Japanese traditionally refer to the date by the era name, or “gengo,” a system originally imported from China, on documents, calendars and coins but many people also use the Western calendar. (VOA)