Mythology for Children’s Education: A Study of Select Indian English Mythological Texts for Children

Kanu Priya
PhD Scholar, Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Mythology has found an indispensable place in literature, right from understanding human nature to creating a sense of shared national identity. However, the deployment of mythology directed towards education of children is the need of the hour and Indian English children’s literature has been seriously involved in that endeavor. In this paper, I look at select texts written for children based on Indian mythology with an aim to educate them on various facets of life like- self growth, social understanding and sensitivity towards environment. Taking all the three facets in detail, the paper shall look at the role of mythology in educating young minds to develop a sense of self as well as harmonious relation with society and environment.