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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Garuda and Icarus - Winged men who flew close to the sun


Icarus - Son of Daedalus. He and his dad both were prisoned by King Minos, after they helped Theseus to survive the labyrinth they built.To escape from prisonhood, Daedalus built two pairs of wings made out of wax and feathers for himself and his son.
Icarus was warned by his dad not to fly too close to sun, yet he did and after wax melted the wings came off and so did he.

Pic from here
Garuda - Half-man,half-eagle. Born to Kasyapa and Vinata. He and his mom became slaves to his aunt and her kids/his half-brothers-serpents after losing a bet. As part of servitude he had to take all his step-brothers(snakes) on his back and fly them close to sun, one day he flew too close and all the snakes burnt and fell down. He felt guilty and wanted to free him as well as his mom from the slavery and he took the challenge to fly to heaven and retrieve Amritha.

Moral of the story: This is one good reason why god clipped human race's wings. And clearly here Garuda took "take somebody under your wing" in complete wrong way.

Check more comparison mythology stories here

7 comments:

  1. Very interesting to read. :D
    By the way, that a nice pic.

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  2. I really didn't see this blog coming.

    I LOVE this blog.

    Although, this line:

    He felt guilty and wanted to free him as well as his mom from the slavery and he took the challenge to fly to heaven and retrieve Amritha.

    Is a little ambiguous.

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  3. ever think they were just space aliens? also, did they shoot lasers from ther eyes?

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  4. yeah i have to agree with nowaysj. i didn't really understand the end of the hindu myth.

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  5. I'm telling people about this blog though, really interesting stuff. I can't wait for more.

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  6. @E- Garuda didnt fly close to sun to hurt the serpents, and it was the snake's wish. The fact they didnt know was, Garuda was a booned fellow to withstand sun's temperature.I tried to cut short the epic story and Indian stories always try very hard to put the hero in good spot. So, even the bad ones they make it sound good. :)

    @nowaysj -Thanks so much. You are such a sweetheart.
    I bought a new book from borders "Norse mythology" - this series kinda restarted my childhood interest.

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