The Similarities Of The Vedic And Greco-Romans

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Vedic and Greco-Romans Although the though the two religions were worlds apart, numerous features of both religions seemed no different from one another. Through time, there has been many theories as to how this ancient Hindu religion could share so much resemblance to the ancient Greeks. Many traits of the similarities include: the ancient language of Sanskrit and Greek writings, the connections in their polytheistic deities, and even in the stories and legends of the two separate religions. Western Scholars began to discover the similarities of the two religions in the late 18th century. Further research into the links of the two cultures quickly resulted in the “Aryan invasion theory”, and the “Aryan migration theory”. Scholars…show more content…
Although they may be different in the names in relation to each other, the gods of Greco-Roman religion and Vedic gods shared similar roles. Much like the Vedic god Brahma and the Vedic Goddess Aditi, the Greeks and Roman saw Saturn and Magna Mater as the creator and the father and mother of the Gods. Brahma of Vedic times is not one seen with a figure or form, but instead one that transcends spirit and reality. Throughout history, in some cultures the idea of a higher god was accepted, but because of little personal interest he was disregarded and was hardly worshipped. He was only mentioned when brought into connections with other gods. In other religious systems like the Greco-Romans, he became a great god among them. The similarities to this god wasn’t just his role, but also in name “in speech to the Aryans of India: Dyaush-pitā is phonetically the same as the Greek [Greek: Zeus patêr] and the Latin Iuppiter.” (15, Lionel). The peculiar similarity between the Gods and Goddesses doesn’t end at their names, but also the muscular and feminine aspect of the role they played reflecting on their sexuality. The Goddess of love Parvati is linked with Greco-Roman Aphrodite and Venus with similar feminine roles. The Vedic Goddess of Dawn and daughter of the sky Ushas with Eos and Aurora. In the other spectrum, the God of Death is represented as a male in both religion, in Vedic the God Yama, and in Greco-Roman: Hades,
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