India’s Mythology for Beginners
We tend to stay away from people or things we don’t know or understand. I think is a safety valve we all have. So, here are some discoveries I made that you will find surprising, I am sure.
One of the best pieces of information I got about this was in “The Better India” blog. I also found other interesting things I was not looking for there. So, here are some examples on:
How the Hindu and the Greek Mythology are similar.
Both Indra and Zeus are the “kings” of the gods. In addition, their weapons are thunderbolts (in Indra’s case, called the Vajra). Both of them slay a sea-monster: Indra’s opponent is the serpent Vritra; Zeus fights and vanquishes Typhon. [The Better India]
Kailasha and Olympus are both real mountains that exist today; both are also deeply significant in their respective mythologies. Kailasha, the home of Shiva, is described as one of the pillars of the world. Similarly, Olympus is the setting of many Greek myths, and the home of the twelve Olympian gods. [The Better India]
Both Sita and Persephone were abducted against their will — Sita by Ravana and Persephone by Hades. The myths also tell of both of them disappearing under the earth, albeit under dissimilar circumstances. [The Better India]
Both lords of death, they preside over the netherworld. They also share other characteristics — both decide the fates of the souls that pass into their realm, and both are deeply concerned with justice. [The Better India]
So, what do you think? I was surprised too, only because I did not know anything about Hindu Mythology.
I also found similarities with the Meso-American cultures of Mexico, for example:
Mictlantecuhtli was the ruler of Mictlán, the underworld, and all souls would one day meet him face to face. He had a dog, Xoloescuintle , it would accompany the deceased crossing a river in the infraworld. [Acuario Michin]