Wednesday, 16 August 2017

6 Similarities between Greek and Hindu Mythology

6 Similarities between Greek and Hindu Mythology

If you love Greek Mythology, you will definitely love Indian Mythology. Both have the similar essence in romantic tales, legendary Heros, Gods and Goddesses. The lust of gods is same in Greek and Hindu mythology. The wars are done because of women, the messenger of gods and the Trinity are same in both the myths. Let’s take a look at the similarities between the Indian and Greek Mythology.

The Trinity (three main gods)


The Trinity (three main gods)

In Hindu mythology, there are three gods who is responsible for beginning, maintenance and end of lives. They are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma who creates the lives of mankind and Vishnu calculate the sins and virtues of the people and Lord Shiva is the destructor, who ends the lives.
Like Hindu myth, Greek also has holy trinity; they are Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. Zeus rules the heaven, Hades rules the underworlds and the Poseidon is the lord of seas. These three are the most powerful gods in all of Olympus.

Messenger of Gods (Hermes and Narada)


Hermes and Narada

Hermes acts as a messenger like Narada in Hindu Mythology. Hermes was the second youngest Olympian God and son of Zeus and Maia and served as a messenger of the gods. He move freely between the world of the mortals and the divine and was the conductor of souls into the afterlife.
Narada played very pivot role in many Indian mythology tales like Mahabharata, Ramayana as well as in many Puranas.  He acts as a travelling musician and storyteller and carries news to gods, mortals and demons.

God of Love


cupid and kama

Cupid is the god of desire and made people fell in love with each other with his arrows. Like Cupid in Greek mythology, Kama in Hindu Mythology does the same with his arrows. Kama(Manmatha) and Cupid arrows causes the people to be lovestruck.

Hades and Yama


Hades and Yama

Hades is one of the holy Trinity and the lord of underworld. He was often portrayed as rather than evil, cold and stern, unmoved by prayers and sacrifices. Hades ruled the dead and mainly focused on punishing the subjects equally accountable to his law.
Yama, is the god of death and the King of underworld. He is the son of sun-god Surya and Sandhya. Like Hades Yama is also gave punishments to the people based on their sins.

Icarus and Daedalus-- Jatayu and Sampati


Icarus and Daedalus-- Jatayu and Sampati

Jatayu and Sampati are the brothers in the shape of birds. One day the two demigods are decided to fly to the Sun god. Jatayu reaches close to the Sun that his wings were about to destroyed. Sampati spread his wings to protect his brother in that way he loses his wings and spend rest of his life without wings.
Icarus is the sons of the master craftsman Daedalus, the creator of labyrinth. Icarus along with his father was locked up in a tower. In order to escape from the tower, Daedalus created wings using feathers and wax. Daedalus warns his son to not go close to the Sun god Apollo, but the Icarus went so close to the Sun which results his wings fell off and he died. This tale is quite parallel to Jatayu and Sampati who go close to sun and end up losing the wings.

Athena and Kali


Athene and Kali

Athena and Kali were both born from the forehead of the other gods. The goddess Kali was born from the forehead of the Durga. When Goddess Durga responds with such anger that her face turns dark and the Kali appears out of her forehead.

Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, law and Justice, strategic warfare, strength, crafts and skill.  Athena sprang from Zeus forehead after he experienced an enormous headache. She leaped from Zeus’s head, fully grown and armed with a shout.

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