MANASĀ AND NETA
Myth and Magick of East India's Serpent Goddesses
By Jan Fries


" This not a bone-dry study. The Manasā Epic is alive, like you and me and the goddesses who made it happen” 
 
The wild, bizarre and epic story of the serpent goddess Manasā and her sister Neta has inspired poets in India for more than 500 years. The Manasā Epic is a collection of stories which were retold, extended, modified, changed and embellished by more than fifty poets over the years. It draws on elements from folktales, vrata rituals, verses from ballads, and episodes from sacred literature such as the Mahābhārata, the Brahmā Vaivarta Purāṇa and many others. Author Jan Fries traces the history and origins of this fascinating cult, as well as providing comparative associations with Eurasian snake cults. 

 “The Manasā Epic was an all-time favourite. More than any other maṅgalkāvya, her tale became popular over a range of more than a thousand kilometres. It was a unifying cultural influence, bridging the gaps between religions, classes and ethnic groups. The process hasn’t stopped. To this day, new versions are created…” 
This comprehensive study additionally considers the Nāga cults, kuṇḍalinī, snake charming, venoms and elixirs.  This is a book about the serpent goddesses, but it is also about Śiva, Durgā, Gaṅgā, Viṣṇu, Brahmā and many of the other Indian gods and goddesses.

Manasā and Neta is more than an academic study. Readers are invited to participate in an unprecedented journey of invocation, myth and magick.  Included are a collection of Vedic rituals, pūjā ceremonies, mantra practice, kuṇḍalinī, breathing and awareness exercises combined with experiential insight and understanding.  Jan Fries continues the tradition of retelling the epic and complements it with his exceptional visionary insights, just like the poets before him.   

2019, 482 pages. Hardback laminate, paperback & Kindle editions available.
ISBN 978-1-910191-14-9
B&W 8.5 x 11 in or 280 x 216 mm Perfect Bound on White w/Gloss Lam

ISBN 978-1-910191-15-6
B&W 8.5 x 11 in or 280 x 216 mm Case Laminate on White w/Gloss Lam
 

Manasa and Neta by Jan Fries

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  • Picture legends
    Acknowledgements
    A swift introduction
    Primal blessing
    Classical invocation
    In the evening
    A fairy tale: Manasā’s Brata story
    PART ONE: ŚIVA
    Creation, traditional
    Creation, bengal style
    Gangā
    Courtship
    Married life
    PART TWO: MANASĀ
    Lotusborn
    Outside
    Tigerfight
    Milkocean
    Husbands
    Over there
    Duel
    Cowherds
    Hāssan and Hussein
    PART THREE: CĀNDO
    Power
    Fishermen
    Sonakā’s conversion
    Conflict
    Dhanvantari
    Journey to Anupāma Pātana
    Journey to Daksin pātana
    Return
    Coming home
    PART FOUR: BEHULĀ
    Heaven
    Beans
    Plans
    Marriage
    Iron-house
    Water’s edge
    Downstream
    Dark waters
    Back
    Thanksgiving
    PART FIVE: FUN WITH SNAKES
    Snake charming
    The Nāga cults
    Kundalinī: the tantric fire snake
    PART SIX: VENOMS AND ELIXIRS
    Drugs and spices
    Cāndo’s paradise
    Auspicious songs
    Manasā mangals
    Brata rituals
    PART SEVEN: THE CULT OF MANASĀ
    Practical worship
    Live performance
    Seasons of the snake
    West Bengal
    East Bengal
    Tripura and Bihar
    Assam
    PART EIGHT: MEDITATION AND RITUAL
    Dhyāna instructions
    A tantric goddess
    First pūjā instruction
    Mantras
    Second pūjā instruction
    Third pūjā instruction
    Fast pūjā instruction
    Divine names
    Ouroboros
    Appendix: the sources
    Bibliography
    Index
     

  • The author of Kali Kaula, Dragon Bones, Manasa and Neta, and The Seven Names of Lamastu, Jan Fries is one of the leading magickal authors of the 21st century. Jan is known for his exciting and practical works, and the breadth of scholarship with which he infuses them.

    He lives and works in Germany.

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