Gods, goddesses, and magical creatures- the earliest faces of human mythology. Since the beginning of centuries, human civilization in all corners of the world was under the legislation of what we now call religion. These early religions were the foundation of some of the most famous myths in history. Prometheus of Greek legend- the Titan friend and creator of mankind who gave us knowledge of fire, the legend of the Hindu Mahabharata, Biblical scriptures of Moses parting the Red Sea, etc. are the stories that we learned at our mothers’ knees.

Yet there are many eerie characteristics that almost all religious myths share. Let us take the example of the Greek religion and the Hindu religion. Both faiths were formed in places that were completely isolated from the other. But they are both uncannily similar. They have gods of lightning, Zeus and Indra, both known as the Kings of the Gods in their respective pantheons. The gods of death, Hades and Yama, governing the underworld, the gods of the sea Poseidon and Varuna, and the list goes on and on. These gods not only share similar domains but also weapons of power. Zeus and Indra are both known to possess a formidable weapon in the form of a godly lightning bolt. These similarities stretch far; from the Chinese folk religion in the East to the ancient Aztec religion in the West.

So I believe that there is one question we must ask ourselves. Throughout the ancient times, human societies across the planet had their own version of godly pantheons. How is it that in a world where communication across the seas was impossible, civilizations came up with a version of faith that could clearly be related to one another?

Was it a coincidence?

Or was it proof that somewhere deep within our souls, we all share a common truth?

Author: Jai Kshirsagar

Editor: Chinmai Gokule

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