10 Fascinating Parallels between Greek and Indian Mythology

If you’re a fan of mythology I’m sure you’ve already figured out what this article is about.

For millennia humans have followed different cultures and have practiced diverse religions. However, whichever the culture it might be and how different they may seem from the other, there are always some similarities that make us wonder if all the cultures are branches of the same tree. The question of origin of life and the existence of Gods has dumbfounded the scholars, researchers, philosophers and scientists for ages.

In this list we’re going to compare 10 Greek Gods and/or heroes with their best possible match from Indian mythology. Some of the comparisons indicate towards a parallelism between the two cultures, while other comparisons hint towards a direct collaboration/inoculation of the deities/heroes from one culture to another. No matter the thousands of miles’ distance between the two, the parallelism is certainly striking and some fuel to the thoughts.


1. Eros and Kamadeva

10 Fascinating Parallels between Greek and Indian MythologyWhatever the culture be and whatever the religion be, it is never complete without love. In the Greek mythology Eros1, commonly known as Cupid (the Roman counterpart), occupies the designation of God of love. The Greek God of love is often depicted in the pictures or statues as a young, handsome male with wings. He is commonly shown to be holding a bow in his hands. It is this bow he uses to shoot people with arrows that makes them fall in love.

In a similar manner, Indian mythology also has a position for a love god taken by Kamadeva2. Kamadeva is known by several other names including Manmathudu, Madan, Ratikanta amongst others. Kamadeva, like Eros, is also known to be carrying a bow made of Sugarcane and arrows of flowers. He shoots humans using this bow to intoxicate them with love. The Indian God of love is either shown as a young, handsome male with wings, or flying on the back of a parrot.