Greek Mythology and Hindu Mythology

According to Greek myth, the world was ruled by three brothers; as well, the doctrines of Hindu myth also reveal that our world was ruled by three supreme gods. According to ancient Greek, there were three most essential gods and they were: Zeus, the god of thunder and king of sky; Poseidon, the god of oceans; and Hades, the god of rocky earth or ‘land of a dead.’ I was totally amazed when I found the similarities between the Hindu myth and Greek myth  reflecting the sovereignty of gods. According to a Hinduism holy book, Sostani (Nepali holy book), there exists three gods to rule over the world.  The first one is Bramha, god of sky; the second is Bishnu, god of oceans; and the third is Maheswor (Lord Shiva), god of death and dissolution. It is  new learning for me that the two religions which are totally contrasting from each other have the same religious beliefs.

 I was interested in reading the life history of Hades of the Greek mythology. Surprisingly, Hades’s characteristics match with the attributes that Lord Shiva possesses. Lord Shiva is also somewhat self- restrained according to Hinduism doctrines. Similarly, Lord Shiva dealed with death and devils, and they were his friends. On the other hand, when Persephone, Hades’s wife, and Parvati, Lord Shiva’s wife, are compared, then their lifestyles are almost the same; that is, they loved flowers, liked dancing and spent most of their times with their female friends. However, Persephone never thought that she would marry; whereas, Parvati always worshiped Lord Shiva and wanted him to be her husband.

Imagine Greece, which is too far away from us, belives the similar myths as Hindus do and vice versa. As we know, mythology shows the peoples’ culture and their religious rituals. Another thing which I have noticed is that both Greeks and Hindus have many sculptures and their architects are highly painted.  Each statue, each sculpture and each painting reflects classic arts and is filled with intricate details of their traditions.

After observing these mythologies I  concluded that most of the mythologies exist to serve humanity. In one way or the other, they all mean the same thing. It is we, humans, to perceive things differently. When I asked my friends to describe God, some said “God is the creator,” some said “God is a belief” and some said “God is the protector.” Their answers were according to their myths, however, at the end their answers have the same meaning.

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