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Interesting Similarities

Posted by Raunak Mahajan on October 15, 2012

In Hindu mythology, puranic texts mention the story of a great flood,wherein the Matsya Avatar of Lord Vishnu warns the first man, Manu, of the impending flood, and also advises him to build a giant boat. In Genesis, Noah is instructed to build an Ark.

                 

The first man in Hindu Mythology is called “Manu”, while the English word for a male is “Man”. In the Bible, the first man was “Adam”, while the Hindi word for a male is “Adami”.

                 

Ancient Persians on account of their language aspirated the “S” sound and pronounced it as an “H”. Keeping this in mind it is interesting to observe that while “Ahura Mazda” is the Avestan name of a divine being in Zoroastrianism, “Asuras” are considered demons in Hindu mythology. The terms “Ahuras” and “Asuras” are linguistically related. With the passage of time, Ahuras began to be considered as higher beings in Avestha, while in Hinduism the Asuras began to be considered lesser beings.

                 

In Genesis, the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh:his days shall be 120 years.” The Vimshottari Dasha system of Vedic Astrology considers a human being’s life to be 120 years long.

                 

I love it when I come across instances in one culture that I can relate with similar stories in other cultures. Some of these similarities are due to cultural exchanges and ancient travelers. Others are mere coincidences. Above are the ones that come to my mind. Would love to know of ones that you can think of.

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24 Responses to “Interesting Similarities”

  1. I read some other similarity recently… I will have to locate them. One was referring to jesus being born to a virgin. Thanks for keeping us informed. 🙂

  2. Great Post – For me it is use of light such as candles or the sun in all cultures at Christmas, Diwali and Ramadan.

  3. This is fascinating. You’ve got me thinking. Let’s see if I can come up with anything…

    • Raunak said

      there are so many out there. I’m sure you’re gonna stumble upon a few 🙂 and do share them with us.
      thanks 🙂

  4. Before the radicalisation of Christianity and Islam, all faiths used to live together quite well, as can be seen in the city of Jerusalem a hundred years ago. We need to focus more on what is common among us, and not what is different. Good post, Manu! ;>)

    • Raunak said

      John, thanks again for sharing your thoughts!
      You are so right. We really need to build upon the common grounds and shelve the differences.
      I like the term Manu 😀

  5. emmawolf said

    A flood was also in Gilgamesh (and I think the motif of a flood was common in early literature). There was also something with similarities in the stories of Jesus and Dionysus, but I’m not sure if I remember it. I think in the documentary “The God Who Wasn’t There” the narrator talks a lot about different older stories all containing elements of Jesus’ story and Jesus being an amalgam of several stories.

    • Raunak said

      true…in fact Gilgamesh is considered the first appearance of the flood story. It is believed to have traveled from there to the ancient Indus civilization in India and subsequently into Vedic literature.

      Thanks for sharing that info 🙂

      • emmawolf said

        If someone wants to learn about Hinduism, where would you recommend he start?

      • Raunak said

        I’ll get back to you on this one.

        I would first suggest literature that outlines the history of how the religion evolved. Hinduism has transformed from the ancient Vedic Hinduism to Brahmanic Hinduism to a more recent Bhakti movement. Each of the 3 forms are vast and significantly different from each other. Most of what’s being practiced today in India is Bhakti. I practice the first two forms, more of the 2nd.

        Once the general history is studied, one can choose which form of Hinduism he is interested in pursuing for further exploration.

        Until then Wikipedia would be a nice beginning.

        I’ll get back to you with my suggestions of book to start with.

  6. soumyav said

    beautiful post Raunak.great similarity.Indeed it becomes true when we say all religions speak the same language..for god is one.

  7. I was going to mention Gilgamesh as well, but Emmawolf got to it already. 🙂

    Christianity and Islam are not the only faiths which have been co-opted for political / aggressive advantage. All people regardless of creed or education have a tendency towards radicalism unless they consciously and deliberately avoid it. It’s the by-product of humankind’s general “rationalism.” We each strive to understand either / or dichotomies, and we each struggle with tolerating areas which are grey instead of black or white. This is not just a religious trait, either. We do it in every facet of our lives. Just a thought. Because, in my black and white world, I try to not blame religions for what people do in their names.

    • Raunak said

      Hi Shannon, Great to hear from you!

      You are so right. People have gotten away too often by using religion as an excuse for their inhumane actions.

      It is interesting to note that Hindus make up around 1 Billion of the world’s population, Chinese add another 1.5 billion (I have absolutely no idea what religious break up they have). Despite this, the major conflict is between Christians and Muslims!

      I expect you to come up with more interesting similarities 🙂

  8. Good Deed said

    There is even similarities in years, names and deeds from many different religions. And while many people conclude because of evidences the religions are fake, I would say absolutely different… They are all right, and they are just different interpretations of same history we all had. I think when holy books will be studied, not just deeply, but with sanity and understanding, we would find many life laws and many wisdom on how to help ourselves reach for the life we truly deserve, as a single human, and as a community… Just my opinion…

    • Raunak said

      Its a beautiful opinion and I agree completely. All religions are interpretations of the same history and they address the same species, humans.

      Thanks for the lovely thought 🙂

  9. This is a very intriguing post, as I love discovering cultural dovetails. A particular one that comes to mind here are the analogous references of gods representing planets in both Vedic & Greek pantheons: Dyaus & Zeus…Dyaus/Pitar & Jupiter…Varuna & Uranus, etc.

  10. Thanks for sharing… I always learn something new in your blog or am forced to think about relevant topics / ideas that I have never been concerned about before… Thanks so much for this….

  11. chesterpoe said

    Julius Evola and Rene Guenon wrote about the Hyperborean race from the Arctic thousands of years ago. Evola claimed the Ur-Aryan descendents of the Hyperboreans after moving south from the Arctic at the beginning of planetary cooling were broken into several specific racial groups. In the West they formed the Celts, Germans, Romans, and Greeks; in the East they formed the Iranians and Indo-Aryans. To reinforce their points they quoted a book written by Indian mathematician and astronomer, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, whose book ‘The Arctic Home in the Vedas’ argues the case for Hyperborean existence citing Vedic and Avestic evidence along with his knowledge of math and astronomy. This would explain to a large extent the similarities between those 6 cultures myths.

    The Arctic Home in the Vedas: http://www.oration.com/~mm9n/articles/tilak.htm

    • Raunak said

      wow!!! thats an amazing input! I am so going to read that article.

      Thanks you so much for contributing such valuable insight to this post….really appreciate it!

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