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Greek-Hindu Gods & Avatar

Achilles

Now a days, Greece is in news due to its fiscal trouble, so I thought of writing something about Greece. But it is about the Greek Gods! There are so many, it was hard to remember each and every one. Greeks must be feeling the same about the Hindu Gods. But it all started when I was watching Troy for the umpteenth(yes, I counted, it was umpteenth only πŸ˜› ) time. I started comparing the immortality of Achilles to immortality of Karan, Bhishma or Duryodhan of Hindu mythology. Krishna was hit by an arrow on his foot and he died(just like Achilles). This fact is very famous that the whole Trojan war was fought because of Helen and the whole Mahabharat was because of Dropadi (Neglecting the politics of both the incidents)

Other comparisons that I got from Wikipedia are:-

Indra

3. Zeus and Indra:-
Both the Gods were Rain/weather gods and had similar kind of weapons. Their chariots and dwelling places are also similar. Also they both represent thursday in the days of the week.

4. Hera and Laxmi:-
Both are Goddesses of the home and prosperity.

Cronus swallowing his own children

5. Athena and Saraswati:-
Goddesses of wisdom, learning, culture and knowledge.

6. Hades and Yama:-
Lords of death, underworld and afterlife!

7. Poseiden and Varuna:-
Rulers of water and protectors of marine life.

8. Haphaustus and Vishwakarma
Creators and producers of weapons of Gods.l

9. Ares and Kartikeya
Both are gods of war and fighthing.

10. Cronus and Mahaka
Gods of time and space

11. Cronus and Kans- Krishna and Zeus

Kans


Cronus came to know from Gaia and Uranus that he will be overthrown by one of his own sons. He began to swallow each and every child that was born to his wife Rhea. Zeus, as Krishna, was secretly borned and saved from Cronus. He later came back to save all his siblings. Kans too came to know about his killer through Aakashwani and did the same with the children. Krishna was born to Devki and was sent to Yashodha.

Asuras V/S Devas

12. Titans and Asuras
The evil forces were Titans in Greek mythology while they were called Asuras. The Devas and the Gods also can be compared. They both fight each other in both the mythologies.

13. Cronus and Kashyap
Cronus was the father of both the Titans and the Gods, while the Kashyap was the father of both the Asuras and the Devas.

Gods V/S Titans

After having so many similarities between the mythologies, I really wonder what would have happened back then in their times. Either the people had common creativity to create such characters and their roles to teach the society, or different scholars have written differently about the same incident that happened or its a intellectual property rights issue.

Kalpavriksha

Also in Hindu mythology there is a concept of Kalpavriksha which is a divine tree for Hindus. Every ancient religion has given importance to trees. Like Christmas tree in Germanic mythology, Tree of knowledge of Judaism and Christianity, Bodhi tree for Buddhism or that Hometree, Tree of voices and other trees of Avatar.

HomeTree (Avatar)

All these Gods had powers, in hindu myhthology, many had more than two hands and one head. Have you observed the animals with more than four legs in Avatar?

Toruk

There was a bird called Toruk in Avatar which can be compared to Garuda. Also when the humans were attacking the Pandora in the film, the natives were compelled to think that the Gods from the skies are coming. In Hindu mythology, all the Gods dwells in the Swarg, in heaven, in the sky. So who knows, all these Gods can actually be the inhabitants of some other planet who came on the earth many years back! And it may be like this that there was a guy sitting there in Greece and there was a guy doing nothing in India.

Garuda

Both of them saw it coming. They both wrote their own versions about them. Fortunately they were poets and writers. Both the version were followed,manipulated extensively by the next generations to rule the common people. Fortunately there is James Cameroon who imagined this! πŸ˜›

I had to read so many things to come to these comparisons. In the end I thought that it is better to be creative than to be informative. It is better to make things up than to study history and know things. The whole mankind is doing the second part, and the one who wrote it, must have done the first. Who knows! Yes, there are evidences of so many things of these mythologies like temples all over Greece and India, Sculptures, Books etc. Still history is made by the winners, is written by the followers and is manipulated by the rulers!

I mean, how can a human being control the whole universe, or earth, or weather, rain etc.?It is illogical and inhuman. But now if we go on some other planet with Guns, Planes, Amphibious Ship etc, then we become Gods of thunderbolt, sky and water respectively! πŸ˜› So, lets find out some planet where there is life, and create mythologies! πŸ˜›

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12 Responses to “Greek-Hindu Gods & Avatar”


  1. 1 taedui
    March 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I promise I will come and read this informative article later sir!
    Congratulations on your success in shifting to a new level of writing πŸ˜€

    • April 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm

      Thank you!

  2. 3 Shweta
    March 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Wow!
    That’s quite a research. I have always found mythology, an area of interest when it came to reading.
    Speacially found the Kans/Cronus bit of it damn intriguing!

    Prosaic & adequate in terms of content.
    Had a great time reading this.

    Superb!
    Keep it up!

    • April 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm

      ya, even I liked the Kans-Cronus similarity the most! Thanks for reading!

  3. 5 Ankit
    March 29, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Nice topic to pick, I must say! While going through the write up, one thing struck my mind. We say English Tea – Indian Tea, American accent-Indian accent-English accent et al, has anyone heard anyone saying Indian God-American God-British God ? God is ‘one’ which is proved in here, I believe. And as you put, it is better to make things up rather than to study and know things. That’s indeed an easier way. The belief in God is just a way of showing that you are feeble enough to put something which happens to some entity which was named by someone as God. Its all inside after all…! The adage:- ‘God helps those who help themselves’ is the mantra!

    Overall a good read! πŸ™‚

    • April 2, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Actually, you gave a very different approach to the concept. It is less historical and more philosophical. And I liked it! πŸ™‚

  4. 7 Srikant
    March 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Excellent article and equally good work.

    Specially one line stood out for me “…history is made by the winners, is written by the followers and is manipulated by the rulers”

    Keep up the tempo and enlighten us regularly through such write ups !!

    Cheers

    • April 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm

      Thanks yaar.. I wrote that line at least 5 times to come up with this one!

  5. 9 Sid
    April 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

    And i though only i was the one who was interested in these similarities… great work i must say

    • April 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

      thank you sir! keep reading! πŸ™‚

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