A Comparative Study: Itihasa-Purana, Greek and Sumerian Mythologies


School of Linguistics and Literary Studies


Indian and World Mythology


45 hours spread over 6 weeks


  • 18 years of age and above
  • Sound knowledge of written and spoken English.


Online – Zoom app


Click here on or before 5 July 2020


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This basic workshop for students aged 18 and above introduces them to the critical understanding of the term ‘Mythology’. Involving the study of myths, ‘mythology’ from a Western perspective are imagined narratives that helped humans in finding causes for natural phenomenon and other cultural events. This definition becomes an aberration from the Indian perspective as Vedic Gods, purāṇas and itihāsas are not considered fictitious. Cautious of this variance, this workshop introduces students to the nuances of the term myth as it takes them through the Itihasa-Purana, Greek and Sumerian mythologies.

Though divergent in its meaning, mythologies as such are allegorical narratives. Therefore, the intention of this workshop is to explore the common motifs and understand the power of these narratives as it dictates the functioning of a society.

Workshop Structure


  • Classes for this workshop will be held six days a week from Monday to Saturday.
  • It will have a 1.5-hour duration class every day, from 5.30 to 7.00 pm.

Workshop Objectives

This workshop aims to:

  • introduce learners to the critical understanding of the terms myth, itihᾱsa and purᾱṇa
  • familiarise learners to a selection of stories, tales and legends from itihᾱsas, purᾱṇas, Greek and Sumerian mythologies.
  • enable learners to understand the influence of the narratives.

Workshop Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Identify and understand critical terminologies such as myth, tale, legend, itihᾱsa and purᾱṇa.
  • Identify and relate to the relevance power of these narrations in the present context.
  • Evaluate the narratives from cross-cultural perspectives.


The workshop will be taught through lectures, discussions and assignments. The lectures will introduce the concepts and themes and prompt the students to think about the significance of mythology in daily life. The workshop is student-driven and they will be required to make presentations on their observations.

Evaluation Pattern

  • Quizzes
  • Weekly Group Discussions/ Presentations /Activities
  • Individual Assignments
  • Written Project and Presentation



Marks allocation



Weekly Group Discussions/Presentations /Activities


Individual Assignments 


Written Project and Presentation



A Certificate of Participation will be awarded to students who have met the completion requirements pertaining to all the segments of the workshop.


INR 6000 inclusive of taxes