Essay On Rig Vedas

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RELIGION- A COMPARITIVE STUDY (2nd Draft)
When the Aryans moved to India, they brought with them their culture and traditions, in short, the Vedas. The Vedas are a collection of four books namely Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Atharva Veda and Yajur Veda and they contain the ideals of the Aryans. The Rig Veda mentions that, just like the Greeks, the gods have a pantheon and they are high above all of us. It mentions that the gods are magical beings who protect us and hence are praiseworthy.

In this comparative study between the Hindu and the Greek Pantheon, the first distinct comparison appears to be the existence of a golden triad. For the Hindus, its Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as the three face of god’s masculine form whereas for the Greek’s its Zeus,
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If the theory of the common ancestor is debunked then the number of similarities that one might be able to draw between them is surprising. The comparison ahead assumes that the name and the appearance of the deity are different but the mythology is the same.

• In both sets of mythology, the kings of both the pantheons bear a thunderbolt for a weapon. For the Hindus, its Indra and for the Greek’s, it’s Zeus. Both have also coincidentally, slayed a sea monster called Vrita and Typhon respectively.

• Both cultures have a god of the underworld. Both Yama and Hades preside over the netherworlds. Both of them also decide what fate the deceased will serve before they pass onto the realm and both of them are also very just. Guarding the gates of the hell are monster dogs called Sharvara and Cerberus. Both these dogs are companions of their god masters in their respective Netherworlds.

• Both cultures have a god of love and desire. Namely cupid and Kamadeva. Just like the cupid, Kamadeva also appears with a bow and arrow that shoots unsuspecting victims and makes them fall in love with each
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