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Standing up to power

Almost every myth celebrates the heroic individual who stands up to tyranny, autocracy and injustice

Arundhuti Dasgupta 

Arundhuti Dasgupta Speaking up to the powerful has never been easy nor has it been without consequence but that has not stopped heroes across civilisations from doing so. And if we are to glean life lessons from the annals of world myth (apart from knowledge about the sexual practices of peacocks or the holiness of cows) it is far more rewarding to jump into these stories and shake them down for some hard talk.   Take a look at Sumerian hero Gilgamesh; one of the oldest mythical characters, he does not hesitate to tell off a vengeful goddess or even take on the bull of heaven. He was the king of Uruk (in ...

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 02:13 IST
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