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Friday, March 9, 2012

Missed entry in the list : Mistletoe/Baldr and Human/Ravana

Mistletoe and Baldr:
Baldr is son of Frigga and Odin.
Baldr- the handsome had been having nightmares. And he tried to his mommy Frigga.
And as any mommy, his mommy listed out everything that could harm her son and asked for oath that no one and no thing shall harm her son.
She being the ultimate mommy and wife of Odin and all, everything accepted and took the oath.
She felt that mistletoe was too young and fragile and didnt ask for mistletoe's oath.
He is told to be the most handsome of all.
Having acquired this boon, all the gods were using him like guinea pig to test the boon by shooting and trying all ways to kill him but he remained unharmed.
The mischevous and jealous Loki tricked Frigg to spill this loophole and used the blind brother Hoor, to shoot mistletoe at him and Baldr-only birth son of Frigga, fell head.

Human and Ravana:
Ravana is the King of Sri Lanka former Ceylon.
He wanted to become an immortal emperor. He performed an intense penance to Lord Brahma.
He kept chopping his head off as part of penance but like Hydra it kept growing but not in multiples just one for one.
At last, Lord Brahma, pleased with his austerity, appeared after his 10th decapitation and offered him a boon.
Since immortality was no longer in store, Ravana was given choice to pick anything other than immortality.
Ravana listed everyone -gods, heavenly spirits,demi-gods,monsters, serpents, beasts, every single thing  and gave the list to Brahma and asked him to grant him the oath that he shall not be killed by anyone or anything in that list.
To Brahma this seemed easier than immortality, so he said "Wish granted".
Mortal men didnt seem to be a threat and he didnt include that.
Usually in hindu mythology after acquiring the boons these booned souls start to behave like goons and start to do unspeakable things.
Ravana did the same and in order to vanquish him, Lord Vishnu takes avatar of Rama(Human avatar) and killed him.

Moral of the story: If death is inevitable better enjoy and go for it. Why to hurt and trouble yourself to do the penance and get the boon and later get killed by trick and get into history with a bad title or as a bad guy. Live life of king size.

14 comments:

  1. so the norse gods gave birth to the middle eastern gods? is that right?

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    1. What? How? Bart you are unique. I dont know what came first egg or chicken.

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  2. Life like to the max, ok I'll do it....

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    1. Cool. Hopefully you wont point fingers at me for this advice, ..what? sure you can. Enjoy your life :)

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  3. This is like a review of some of my mythology classes! I like it. Keep 'em coming!

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    1. Thank you Banacek. You are offering to pay me to eat candy. :)

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  4. Wonderful art. Who are these portraits made by?

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  5. Loki is always such a pain, Thor should have taken his hammer and whacked him over the head until he was dead..haha...sounds like a good moral to live by, which I do.

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    1. I totally agree. Thor hammer thing would have been too easy on him. I am not sure whether he deserved the actual sentence he received, too cruel.
      Yeah about moral, I try to follow the same too.

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  6. LOL oh my, comparative mythology~!

    Yeah, both stories do have a certain moral to them, but I always find that the epic skald of Baldr seems to only exist to show how tricky Loki could be. Every nordic type that I know of (or nordic-worshipping type) always speaks of Loki as being comparable to the christian Satan, yet Satan never hung out with Jesus and God and rode about on earth in a goat-pulled chariot having awesome times.

    Loki was first described of to me as a trickster god, half-Fire Giant or whatever, and thusly was doomed to live out his part in Ragnarok despite how close he was to Thor and Odin.

    Now this Ravana guy sounds like a jackass who got what was comin'. I mean, go through all that trouble of decapitating yourself TEN TIMES only to get jerky afterwards? Dude, ever hear of just chilling back with a cup of tea and reflecting on how good it feels to be nigh-invulnerable?!

    Except for humanity, lol. The moment he gets shot in New York he'd be screwed. Still, nigh-invulnerable~!

    Shit, I'd just lay low for a millenia or so and THEN see what's there to be done. Just sayin'...then again I come from a different perspective.

    As far as I know, being decapitated once would do it for me. :/

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  7. I was not previously aware of this story.

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    1. Thanks to me for letting you know this info which wouldnt have helped you in anyway anytime. :)

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  8. what came first egg or chicken?? maybe?????????? ah?????,, i dont know the ans.

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    1. 100 bucks says you didnt read this post :) Am I right?

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