By entering into Aru Shah this March, you are delving, brain first, into yet another mythological world! That can be daunting, especially when you’ve already mastered Greek, taken on Roman as a second language, and stamped your Mytho-Passport in Egypt and all nine of the Norse worlds!
So, we’ll give you a head start on Hindu with a simple—some may say way too simple—comparison of Hindu to Greek. Please forgive us oh Hindu gods.
Like Zeus, Indra is the god of thunder and lightning. He too wields a lightning bolt but his is called Vajra, the Sanskrit word for . . . lightning bolt! You’re going to learn all about the Pandava Brothers and the fact that Indra is father to Arjuna, arguably the most heroic of the brothers.
Dharma Raja oversees death and justice. Similar job description to Hades. This Hindu punisher of souls specifically uses something called a danda stick to do the job. In less grim news, he’s the father of Yudhishthira, the oldest and wisest Pandava brother.
This blessed creature helps guide Aru on her adventure. Unlike another very famous guide, Grover Underwood, Aru’s Boo (somehow short for Subala) is petulant, impatient, and demands to be taken seriously. He’s also a talking pigeon.
An Apsara (heavenly dancer), known the world over for her un-paralleled beauty and vicious temper . . . which is why we draw a likeness to Aphrodite. These two are both gorgeous and they know it.
The drink of choice for the Hindu gods. Used as an offering during sacrifices. Reminiscent of Mr. D’s beloved nectar.
The Pandava Brothers
Arjuna, Yudhistira, Bhima, Nakula, and Sahadeva. The most famous demigods in Hindu culture. Five brothers who possessed divine power and weaponry. Also, each of them shared the same wife (one year at a time, of course).
Aru Shah and the End of Time head start achieved! Only one month left till we can get our hands on a copy!