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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Orpheus and Savitri - Bring back the dead

Orpheus - In greek mythology, Orpheus was madly in love with his wife Agriope/Eurydice  who died when she accidently slipped into nest of vipers. He was lamenting and mourning very hard and then took trip to underworld. There he pleaded hard to Hades and his wife Persephone.
They were moved by his plea and his "heavenly" music in "hell" and agreed to send his wife back up to Earth-upperworld on a condition. Which was, he wasnt supposed to look back at her till they reached the upper world and she was to follow him.
He set off with Eurydice following, and, in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever.

Savitri - In Hindu mythology, Savitri married Satyavan knowing for fact that he was destined to die within a year from then. After marriage they lived in a forest and before three days on death she started to fast.
On the day of death, the hindu Hades- Yama arrived and claimed the soul of her husband Satyavan, and  she followed Yama to claim the soul back all the way to hell. Yama pleased by her diligence and her clever wits offered to grant her a wish other than her husband's life. But she didnt seem to back down and after second plea and Yama missed the "except" part and since he is a god and who cant go back on his words, had no other choice but had to grant her the wish and Satyavan  was brought back to back to life.

In the first wish she asked Yama for 100 kids to be born to her and her hubby. Think about it. If he had died he might have reached heaven instead she brought him back and made his life hell with 100 kids. 100 people 100.

Moral of the story : And only sinners are to take rebirth in earth to atone for the sins commited in the pervious births. Death is atonement for the sins commited as per Hindu mythology.

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10 comments:

  1. Wow. Again, I heard of the one with Persephone. So, it's interesting to see the Hindu one :)

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  2. 100 kids!! would drive anyone insane

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  3. 100 kids? Most expensive curse ever.

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  4. I love me some mythology!! Great post!

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  5. lol who accidently slips into a nest of vipers, clumsy bitch :D

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  6. At least the dude loved his wife at first, right?

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  7. As long as there was a staff of excellent nannies, 100 kids would be an awesome legacy.

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