IS HINDUISM DERIVED FROM GREEK MYTHOLOGY?

Hinduism or Sanatan dharma is known to be nearly 4000 years old, or more specifically it originated in the bronze age.Hindus claim that the Vedas are eternal or that the Vedas are millions of years old without any hard evidence.

                 I will show you some of the shocking similarities between Hindu and Greek mythology and some recent DNA studies that makes it clear that Hinduism was copied from Greek mythology.

1-ZEUS AND INDRA- THE MAIN GOD OF BOTH THE MYTHS ARE EXACTLY THE SAME.

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  In Hinduism, The Main god of the oldest Veda, Rig Veda is Indra just like Zeus of Greek mythology, Zeus is the god of mount Olympus and Indra is the god of mount Meru.Not only this but both use a same weapon, the thunderbolt,Zeus is famous for his notorious appetite for sex and Indra is also known to have raped Ahilya, the wife of sage Gautama, which he was punished for.

2-THE TRINITY.

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The Hindu Trinity comprises of Vishnu (Krishna), Brahma and Shiva just like the Greek trinity of Zeus, Hades and Posiedon, who rule the heavens and the underworld and the earth.

3-SHIVA

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Shiva is the “destroyer and transformer” within the Trinity, Posiedon is the god of the sea whereas Shiva is the god of the universe.Shiva resembles to another Greek God whose name is Dionysus.

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4-Dionysus and Shiva
                   Son of Zeus and Semele, Dionysus is considered in Greek mythology to be the God of Son of Zeus and Semele, Dionysus is considered in Greek mythology to be the God of fertility and wine. Associated with intoxication, madness and break down of culture, Dionysus is believed to have two sides to him. His obsession with wine can on one hand result in the spread of ecstasy and on another hand lead to rage and destruction. Dionysus’ popularity can be traced back to the first millennium BC when he was perhaps worshipped by the Mycenaean Greeks.
                  The description of Dionysus can immediately be compared to that of the Hindu God Shiva, who is revered for his energetic and creative powers. Just like Dionysus, Shiva too has both benevolent and malevolent sides to him. As an ascetic who dwells in Mount Kailash with his wife, Parvati, Shiva is celebrated for ideals of domesticity. However, he has a fierce side to him too that sees him slay demons. Similar to Dionysus, Shiva is often associated with intoxication and madness that can both create and destroy.

5-THE GOD OF THE UNDERWORLD.

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The God Of The Underworld in the Hindu mythology, Yamaraj, is the ruler of hell just like Hades, Both Yamaraj and Hades are known as the gods of justice too.Both lords of death, they share other characteristics and both decide the fate of the souls that pass into their realm.

6-THE HOUNDS OF HELL.

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Sharvara was Yamaraj’s hound, and in Greek mythology, Cerberus is depicted accompanying Hades. They guard the gates of their respective netherworlds.

 

 

 

 

 

7-THE CURSED RIVER OF BLOOD IN HELL.

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THE CONCEPT OF HELL IS SAME.
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Vaitarna or Vaitarani (Vaitaraṇî) river, as mentioned in the Garuda Purana and various other Hindu religious texts, lies between the earth and the infernal Naraka, the realm of Yama, Hindu god of death and is believed to purify one’s sins. Furthermore, while the righteous see it filled with nectar-like water, the sinful see it filled with blood. Sinful souls are supposed to cross this river after death. According to the Garuda Purana, this river falls on the path leading to the Southern Gate of the city of Yama. It is also mentioned that only the sinful souls come via the southern gate.  

               According to some versions, Styx had miraculous powers and could make someone invulnerable. The River Styx is also called the blood river. According to one tradition, Achilles was dipped in the waters of the river by his mother during his childhood, acquiring invulnerability, with exception of his heel, by which his mother held him. The only spot where Achilles was vulnerable was his heel, where he was struck and killed by Paris’ arrow in the Trojan War. This is the source of the expression Achilles’ heel, a metaphor for a vulnerable spot.

8-THE SUPREME GOD KRISHNA SEEMS LIKE A COPY OF HERCULES

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KRISHNA AND HERCULES(HERACLES)
•Hera sent poisonous snake to kill Heracles when he was a child but Hercules killed them. Also, Hera unknowingly tried to breast feed Hercules, but as soon she knew of his identity she withdrew. On the other hand, a demon Putana was sent by Kamsa to kill Krishna. Putna tried to breastfeed him by poisonous breasts, but was killed by Krishna.
•Heracles defeated Hydra (second labor), a serpent with multiple heads. Similarly Krishna defeated Kaliya Nag, also a serpent with multiple heads.
•Heracles killed man-eating Stymphalian birds with bronze beaks (sixth labor), very similar to Krishna killing Bakasura, a man-eating crane with sharp beaks.
•Hercules wrestled and captured Cretan Bull, whereas Krishna wrestled and killed a demon called Arishta who attacked Vrindavan in the form of a monstrous bull.

•Hercules in his eighth labor captured man-eating Mares of Diomedes, which is a little similar to the legend of Krishna defeating a demon Kesi, who took the form of fire breathing horse.

•Hercules killed earth-born giant Antaeus by holding him in air and squeezing the breath out of him. Krishna also killed a demon Trinavarta by strangling him to death while in air.

9-KRISHNA AND ACHILLES.

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Krishna can also be compared with Achilles. Both were killed by an arrow piercing their heel and both are the heroes of two epics called “Mahabharata” and “The Trojan War”. Achilles heels and Krishna’s heels were the only vulnerable parts of their bodies which became the reason of their deaths.

10-HELEN OF TROY AND DRAUPADI.

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In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy has always been projected as a seductress who eloped with young Paris, forcing her despairing husband to fight the war of Troy to get her back. This war resulted in the burning of the beautiful city. Helen was held accountable for this annihilation. We also hear of Draupadi being blamed for Mahabharata, in the exact same situations.

11-PERSEPHONE AND SITA.

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Both Sita and Persephone of were forcibly abducted, and wooed, in different circumstances of course.Persephone was tricked by Hades and forcibly taken to the underworld to live with him just like Sita who was forcibly taken away by ravana.

12-RAMAYANA AND THE TROJAN WAR.

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Scholars have on several occasions tried to find linkages between the Greek epic The Trojan War and the Ramayana, in particular between the Trojan war and the search for Sita. However,  an essential distinction between the two epics is that in the Iliad, Helen fell in love with Paris and eloped, while in the Ramayana Sita was abducted by Ravana. that both the Iliad and Ramayana end on tragic notes, where the victors were not happy despite having won. 

13-THE MESSENGER OF GODS.

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Both of them are messengers of gods and are sons of two most powerful Gods in their own mythologies.They share a lot of Similar characteristics as well. At times both of them are cunning and are often known to trick and mislead people with their words.

14-ARJUNA AND ACHILLES.

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Before the Kurukshetra War, Arjuna is reluctant to fight. Before the Trojan War, Achilles is reluctant to fight. Both, however, are extremely skilled warriors and heroes and do ultimately take part in war. During these wars, both lose men who they deeply loved. Following his son Abhimanyu’s death, Arjuna pledges to kill Jayadratha. Following his comrade Patroclus’s death, Achilles pledges to kill Hector.

15-ACHILLES AND BHISHMA.
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  Both of them were heroes in the biggest wars of their respective mythologies—Achilles in Trojan War and Bhisma in Mahabharata. Both of their mothers were river goddesses while father were kings—River goddess Thetis and King Peleus of Achilles and River Ganga and King Shantanu of Bhishma.

               Now, the tale of birth of both of them is quite similar too. Thetis had six sons prior to Achilles, and while in her attempt to make them immortal she burned them in fire. In the case of Achilles, Peleus arrived in time and saved him by holding him from heel. Thus Achilles lived and got invulnerability except for the heel. However, another version of the story says that Thetis dipped Achilles in River Styx to make him immortal. Peleus left Thetis after knowing her doings.

             Similarly, Ganga dipped all her children prior to Bhisma. Ganga had forced Shantanu to take a vow that he would never question his actions. When she was about to dip Bhisma, Shantanu stopped her from doing so. She left Shantanu as he had broken the vow.Later in his life Bhisma gained a blessing from his father (for giving up his claim to throne so that his step brothers can take up the throne) that he could only die when he wished to die, thus making him invulnerable like Achilles was.

               Despite both of them being nearly invulnerable they died as heroes in the respective wars.

16-KAMDEVA AND CUPID.

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The gods of love and desire, both Kamadeva (also known as Manmatha) and Cupid shoot arrows into the hearts of unsuspecting people to make them fall in love.

17-ATHENA AND SARASWATI.

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Athena is the greek Goddess of wisdom, skills, war, arts and justice.Saraswati on the other hand is the Hindu Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, music and arts. Athena is often seen with her companion owl, while Saraswati is seen with a swan or a peacock.Both of the Goddesses were born in the same way, Athena sprang out, fully grown in a full body armor when Hephaestus split open Zeus skill on suggestion of Hermes to relieve his headache.Whereas, Saraswati sprang out of the mouth of Brahma dressed in white carrying a sacred book and a veena in her hands.

18-ADITI AND RHEA.

 

 

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                First of all let’s look at the names. Rhea means“Flow” and “ease”33 while Aditi means “boundless”, “limitless” and “freedom”34. Although not the exact meaning but both the words seem somewhat related. Rhea is the mother of Gods including prominent gods like Zeus and Poseidon and also the goddess of female fertility, motherhood and generation. Aditi is also considered mother of many gods including Indra (Indian counterpart of Zeus) and Varuna (Indian counterpart of Poseidon) 35. Aditi is the goddess of boundless sky and she is also considered the Universal mother, as all forms of life including Gods and Demons are said to be contained in her womb36 (which is drastically similar to Rhea). Rhea was married to Kronos while Aditi was married to Kashyapa who can also be compared to draw a parallelism

19-APOLLO AND SURYA.

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Apollo is the god of the sun, light, music and prophesies. Although the God of the sun is also shared by Helios in Greek Mythology but some believe that Helios and Apollo are the same, In Hindu mythology, God of the sun is called Surya.Both Apollo and Surya ride a chariot which is pulled by 7 horses.

20-SAPTARISHIS AND THE SEVEN SISTERS.

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  Just like Hindu mythology have the concept of Sapthrishis, they have the concept of Seven sisters. According to our epics, the Saptharishis are the seven bright stars that can control even the Sun.

In Greek mythology, these seven sisters are known as the Pleiades. Just like the Saptarishis, they are also a cluster of stars.

21-ICARUS AND SAMPATI.

pic6                The story of Icarus and Daedalus is probably one of the most told stories. Interestingly, this story has a parallel in the Hindu Mythology as well. Just like the Greeks, in Hindu myths there is the story of Jatayu and Sampati.

One day when they were flying high in the sky, Jatayu went too close to the sun, so Sampati, in order to save Jatayu, went after him. Although he did save Jatayu but in the process, his own wings got burnt because of the heat of the sun and he fell straight to the ground just like Icarus.

22-Not only the gods but the hindu zodiac signs and astrology seems like a xerox copy of greek mythology.

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23-A BOOK WRITTEN BY A GREEK TRAVELLER ON HINDU MYTHOLOGY. 

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“The book Indika by Megasthenes”Megasthenes travelled to India during the reign of Chandragupta Maurya, Maurya Dynasty, after his observation of Indian culture, He wrote the book about how shocking the story of krishna is same as the legend of hercules.

In the book Indika by Megasthenes, he wrote that an Indian tribe Sourasenoi worshipped Herakles in their land with two great cities Methora and Kleisobora, around the river Jobares. “

 

 

24-MONUMENTAL CAPITAL OF PATLIPUTRA PALACE.

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  Monumental capital Of Patliputra Palace with Greek artistic influence, discovered in 1895 at the royal palace in Pataliputra, India, by L.A. Waddell. Dated to the early Mauryan period. It has been described as a “Perso-Ionic capital” (Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland). Excavated at Bulandi Bagh in Patna. Patna Museum. Length 49 inches (1.23 meters), height 33.5 inches (0.85 meter). Unpolished buff sandstone. A much more modern photograph

Date 1 January 1903
Source “Report on the excavations at Pataliputra (Patna)” Calcutta, 1903, page 16 [1]
Author L.A. WADDELL (1854-1938), author of the book and the photograph

             Our Hindu brothers often argue that it was the Greek who stole from the Hindus, not the other way around. There is zero proof of Hindus or Indians who migrated to European counties or Greek cities in the bronze age, BUT, There is Indeed proof of -Europeans who migrated to India around- 5000 to 4000 years ago. A week ago The Hindu News  published an article which conducted genetic tests claiming that The Indo-European migration around 5000 years ago in the bronze age is In fact true.Oh and by the way, Greek Mythology dates back to the bronze age too… I am giving the link of the article and giving you some quotes below……

          http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/how-genetics-is-settling-the-aryan-migration-debate/article19090301.ece

         “The paper that put all of the recent discoveries together into a tight and coherent history of migrations into India was published just three months ago in a peer-reviewed journal called ‘BMC Evolutionary Biology’. In that paper, titled “A Genetic Chronology for the Indian Subcontinent Points to Heavily Sex-biased Dispersals”, 16 scientists led by Prof. Martin P. Richards of the University of Huddersfield, U.K., concluded: “Genetic influx from Central Asia in the Bronze Age was strongly male-driven, consistent with the patriarchal, patrilocal and patrilineal social structure attributed to the inferred pastoralist early Indo-European society. This was part of a much wider process of Indo-European expansion, with an ultimate source in the Pontic-Caspian region, which carried closely related Y-chromosome lineages… across a vast swathe of Eurasia between 5,000 and 3,500 years ago”.

         “In an email exchange, Prof. Richards said the prevalence of R1a in India was “very powerful evidence for a substantial Bronze Age migration from central Asia that most likely brought Indo-European speakers to India.” The robust conclusions of Professor Richards and his team rest on their own substantive research as well as a vast trove of new data and findings that have become available in recent years, through the work of genetic scientists around the world.”

          “Now that we know that there WAS indeed a significant inflow of genes from Central Asia into India in the Bronze Age, can we get a better fix on the timing, especially the splintering of Z93 into its own sub-lineages? Yes, we can; the research paper that answers this question was published just last year, in April 2016, titled: “Punctuated bursts in human male demography inferred from 1,244 worldwide Y-chromosome sequences.” This paper, which looked at major expansions of Y-DNA haplogroups within five continental populations, was lead-authored by David Poznik of the Stanford University, with Dr. Underhill as one of the 42 co-authors. The study found “the most striking expansions within Z93 occurring approximately 4,000 to 4,500 years ago”. This is remarkable, because roughly 4,000 years ago is when the Indus Valley civilization began falling apart. “

        “Dr. Underhill is not the only one whose older work has been used to argue against Bronze Age migrations by Indo-European language speakers into India. David Reich, geneticist and professor in the Department of Genetics at the Harvard Medical School, is another one, even though he was very cautious in his older papers. The best example is a study lead-authored by Reich in 2009, titled “Reconstructing Indian Population History” and published in Nature. This study used the theoretical construct of “Ancestral North Indians” (ANI) and “Ancestral South Indians” (ASI) to discover the genetic substructure of the Indian population. The study proved that ANI are “genetically close to Middle Easterners, Central Asians, and Europeans”,”

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