Before I pick up the question of what is the SIMILARITY between Greek and Hindu Mythology, we have to understand what is mythology. – The dictionary meaning of the word MYTHOLOGY- is a traditional story, especially one concerning the early history of a people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings or events.
Referring in context to my topic – WHAT IS HINDU MYTHOLOGY?
If we look deep into Hindu Mythology and the Mythological Stories, Hindu mythology stretches back from the current to a minimum of 2400 B.C.E. It is the oldest religion in the world. The main belief of Hindu Mythology and Mythological stories lies in the fact that everything breathing is a part of a larger whole. In the Hindu Pantheon, there are three important or vital Gods, Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Now, each one of them has a different significance. Lord Shiva is the king of this pantheon he is both the creator and destroyer. Brahma the creator and Vishnu the preserver.
The Hindu faith is the oldest religion in the world which goes back to around 5000 to ten,000 BC.
Seals depicting Hindu God Shiva have been found from the Indus Valley Civilization. Hindu Mythology has a wealthy history, enigmatic characters and reverberant stories over the years. Filled with great epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Greek mythology and mythological stories go back to 1200 B.C.E. in the peninsula, similarly to the Balkan nation. The gods of the Greek Pantheon are the Olympians, they reside on mountain peaks and are dominated by Zeus, who is married to Here.
Zeus the most important God of Greek mythology and the pantheon. Greek mythology is full of gods and demigods. The two major works of Greek Mythology are Iliad and Odyssey.
BOTH GREEK AND INDIAN MYTHOLOGY ARE THE OLDEST IN THE WORLD. – HERE I AM SHARING THE SIMILARITIES. BUT THE SURPRISING PART IS WHEN THERE ARE NO LINKS BETWEEN THE TWO CULTURES WITH NO ESTABLISHED REFERENCES THEN HOW DO THEY SHARE THE SIMILARITIES.
1. Zeus and Indra
ZEUS- the King of the Greek Pantheon and his striking similarity to the Hindu Lord Indra. When you look at their pictures you would see that even their weapons are the same.
The second point one has to consider is the ZEUS AND INDRA BOTH ARE – the KING OF GODS.
Even the abode the share is very similar – ZEUS STAYS AT OLIMBOS AND INDRA AT MOUNT MERU.
2. Achilles and Karna
Zeus and Indra, Karna and Achilles conjointly share a lot of similarities. The first similarity that comes to mind is their armour, both had impenetrable armour, which made them unbeatable. Karan also shared the same status as the demigod. And the other shocking common similarity is that before the war, both were requested by their mothers not to participate in wars.
3. The Divine
The presence of a form of a Divine is often found in each of those mythologies. In Indian Mythology, Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar are the 3 most significant Gods. And in Greek Mythology it is Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. The common is number THREE. The THREE main Gods.
4. A God for everything
A very striking similarity is that there is a God for everything in both Greek and Hindu Mythology.
5. The Hindu Mythology Saptarishis and also the same as the Greek Mythology Seven Sisters–
In Greek Mythology, they require the concept of Seven Sisters, just as we do with Sapthrishis. According to our legends, the Saptharishis are seven bright stars who can control even the Sun.
These seven sisters are known as the Pleiades in Greek mythology. They’re also a cluster of stars, similar to the Saptarishis.
6. Greek Mythology Mythical Being And Indian Mythology Sampat
In Greek Mythology and mythological stories, Daedalus and mythical beings are perhaps one of the most well-known.- Daedalus made himself and his son two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before attempting to flee the island, he cautioned his son not to fly too close to the sun or the sea, but to stick to his flight course.
Surprisingly, this story has a counterpart in Indian mythology and mythological stories as well. We have the story of Jatayu and Sampati, which is similar to theirs.
When they were flying high in the sky one day, Jatayu got too close to the sun, so Sampati went after him to save him. Even though he saved Jatayu,
7. Hermes and Narada
Both are messengers, and each is the son of the two most powerful gods in their respective mythologies. They still have a lot in common in terms of personality traits.
Each of them can be cunning and cunning at times. Each of them is well-known for using their language to deceive and deceive others.
Conclusion – Both in Greek Mythology and Hindu Mythology we realize that there is a lot of SIMILARITIES. On some of the occasions, they even replicate each other, wars have been fought in both the Mythologies. Example in both Ramayana and Iliad – Ramayana ends on a tragic note where the victors were not happy winning the war and the same was in Iliad. Hence, the answer the maybe in the fact that they were fought by humans, and all humans have a heart that links them to form societies.