Legacy of King Narak

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In the Hindu mythology, Asura or Asur means demons, considered antithesis of the Gods. Narkasur or Narakasura is one such Asur. In many places in India, Narkasur Chaturthi is celebrated with the burning of demonised effigies of Narkasur. In other places, plays in traditional dance forms enacted, depicting pieces on slaying of Narkasur.

But it is a different story altogether, in Assam state of India. This place is intricately associated with the legend of Narakasur, where his personality is treated with respect. He is considered the founder of the kingdom of Kamrup, the older name of Assam. Narakasur called Narakaaxur in Assamese is mentioned honourably as King Narak. The documentary depicts and discusses the way, the concept and the personalities classed as Asurs in Hindu mythology, are treated by the Assamese people, whose mindset and attitude differs significantly, from other Indians of the mainland India.

Although Asur means demons to the Hindus, to the ancient Assyrians, Asur meant God. Ahura is the name of the God in Zoroastrianism. What is God to one may be Demon to other and vice versa, the concepts are interchangeable, depending on one’s perception.

Legacy of King Narak Short Film by Satyakam Phukan

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Legacy of King Narak

Synopsis

In the Hindu mythology, Asura or Asur means demons, considered antithesis of the Gods. Narkasur or Narakasura is one such Asur. In many places in India, Narkasur Chaturthi is celebrated with the burning of demonised effigies of Narkasur. In other places, plays in traditional dance forms enacted, depicting pieces on slaying of Narkasur.

But it is a different story altogether, in Assam state of India. This place is intricately associated with the legend of Narakasur, where his personality is treated with respect. He is considered the founder of the kingdom of Kamrup, the older name of Assam. Narakasur called Narakaaxur in Assamese is mentioned honourably as King Narak. The documentary depicts and discusses the way, the concept and the personalities classed as Asurs in Hindu mythology, are treated by the Assamese people, whose mindset and attitude differs significantly, from other Indians of the mainland India.

Although Asur means demons to the Hindus, to the ancient Assyrians, Asur meant God. Ahura is the name of the God in Zoroastrianism. What is God to one may be Demon to other and vice versa, the concepts are interchangeable, depending on one’s perception.

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