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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Prometheus and Ganesha - Trickster Robin Hoods

Greek mythology:
Prometheus - Son of titan Iapetus and the nymph Asia.
He made human from clay - mud and water and combined it with wind - entire babyhood skipped and Athena brought it to life by breathing life into clay.
Prometheus made clay Pinocchio :)

Settling of accounts: Mortals and Immortals
In the trick at Mecone, a sacrificial meal marking the "settling of accounts" between mortals and immortals.
Prometheus placed two sacrificial offerings before the Olympian:
-a selection of beef hidden inside an ox's stomach (nourishment hidden inside a displeasing exterior),
- the bull's bones wrapped completely in "glistening fat" (something inedible hidden inside a pleasing exterior).
The obvious selfish Zeus chose the latter and realised that he had been tricked.

Bring back fire to the humankind:
He stole fire back in a giant fennel stalk and gave it back to mankind.
Punishment:
-Settling of accounts - Zeus hid fire from humans
-Bring back fire to the humankind - Pandora, the first woman was sent to live with men.
Eternal punishment :
Chained to rock in Caucasus and his liver is eaten by eagle daily and regenerated by night.

Hindu mythology:
Ganesha - Son of Shiva and Parvati
He was made from sweat, scruff and turmeric paste by his mom and she gave him life - entire babyhood skipped.
Parvathi made scrub Pinnochio :)

Settling the ideal spot for idol: Devas and Asuras (Demigods and Monsters)
"Ranga Vimana" - Lord Vishnu's supreme idol was a gift given to Asura Vibhisana for his backstabbing service offered against his brother Ravana in Ramayana. He was supposed to take the gift to his hometown in SriLanka and wasnt supposed to place it on ground, because if he did so, it could never be lifted off from ground again. So, he flew with the idol to Sri Lanka.


On his way to Lanka he saw Cauvery river and wanted to freshen up. Lord Ganesha disguised himself as a cowherd boy and presented himself in his vicinity. Vibhishana asked him to hold the idol and instructed him to not keep it on the ground till he finished bathing in the river. Lord Ganesha agreed and when Vibhisana dunked into river, Ganesha placed the idol on the ground in right spot. And that become one of the holy places for Lord Vishnu Srirangam. (Similar story exists for Gokarna, same kind of story but with Ravana and Mahabelshwar Temple - Lord Shiva and same trick by same Ganesha)
Punishment:
-When he spoiled Asura Vibhishna's plan, he chased him and hit him on his forehead before he revealed himself.
Eternal punishment:
Every trick of his would end up as good thing for human but instead he would have been punished for that, thus he is a prime god with deformities, he has elephant head, with one tusk and pot belly and is short and stout. He is a evergreen bachelor and a virgin god.

MORAL OF THE STORY:
John Gray's "Woman - you cant live with them, you cant live without them" is so true right?

Greek gods decided to send the first woman Pandora with a box to avenge their vengeance.
Indian gods ripped this guy of his good looks and made him totally repulsive to woman and forever bachelor.

"I have body of a god, but unfortunately Buddha - should actually be Ganesha"

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On side note, I am going on vacation and I maynt be able to catch up with regular posts of yours or comment on those, will check in between, sorry about that.

If you havent watched Prometheus movie yet, watch it, worth the watch. I liked the movie, too many open questions and if I have to predict the future, the sequel is going to be terrible and stupid.

The creator/engineer of human with helmet kinda looks like Lord Ganesha with trunk- proboscis and has of an elephant  just like Ganesh :)

21 comments:

  1. Zeus is so mean, keeping fire to himself.

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    1. He is just not mean, a megacheater, selfish boob, and a player no wonder why is King of gods. :)

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  2. Wow being a virgin god must really suck, will surely watch prometheus soon enough too, enjoy your vacation.

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    1. Thanks Pat. yep, he is the first god to be worshipped regardless of subdivision of Saivite(Shiva worship) or Vaishnavite(Vishnu worship) yet no woman in life other than his mommy. legend says that he waits under every Banyan tree looking for woman just like his mommy to marry. No Oedipus complex.

      In Srilanka, the fight between hinduism would involve removing Ganesha from under the tree and replace it with Buddha's idol.

      Prometheus is pretty good Pat, you may like it. :)

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  3. sadly i missed prometheus in theaters. now i have to wait :(

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    1. It's still in theaters..

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  4. Don't be sorry - enjoy your vacation!! You deserve it running around after twin boys! =)

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    1. Thank you Elsie. It is actually to celebrate hubby's bday but we kinda save our plans till his bday because that is the only day that comes in summer everything else - my bday, kids' bday and anniversary all span from Dec to Mar.
      And work is usually slow or peaks around June-July and my luck never favors me.

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  5. I like these posts the best of everything you do. Smart and funny, the absolute best of comedy. I'm posting your figure tomorrow and if you don't have time to stop by I'll email you a picture of her. She's going to be in more than one post though so if you miss this one, no big deal. In a later post she's going to help defeat Dinosaurs who are carrying submachine guns. She's badass!!!

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    1. Thank you Anne. That was a great honor.

      Defeat dinosaurus carrying submachine guns, ohh exiciting. My kids' latest crush is on dinosaurs so I am learning all the dinosaurus name.

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  6. What ever happened to the simplicity of Giapetto making Pinocchio out of wood? Then the fairy came and made him a real boy after his sacrificed his life to save his father from a man eating whale.

    I like the Once Upon a Time version where he grows up into a man and then turns back into wood because he didn't help raise Snow White's daughter. Confused? Then you should watch the show!! Sooo juicy!!! :)

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    1. hahaha. yeah, Pinnochio and Giapetto. man eating whale? You can bet I am confused.

      Once upon a time gives me headaches Jax, I dunno why but just makes me doze off.

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  7. When the Prometheus story was told to our Ancient History class, the girls were like, "WHAT?", I was like, "HAHA! YOU SEE?!"

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  8. I remember some of these stories since I too read a lot of mythology ~

    Enjoy your vacation ~

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  9. so many people hate on Prometheus...everytime I see a positive review it makes me feel relieved!

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    1. Prometheus was pretty good, visually stunning, good plot, different and unique story, and good cast. I dont understand why some people maynt like it either.

      Dem Adam Sandler fans.

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  10. Was this post inspired by the fact that you recently watched Prometheus? I have been meaning to see it in theaters, but life has a way of raining on my plans. No worries. One must roll with the punches, go with the flow, etc. The reviews have been mixed, but it looks visually stunning, and I will watch any movie where our creator regrets us, and wants to destroy us. God? An alien? I like it.

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    1. You could say that. I did watch Prometheus and thought this would be right time to post :)

      As said before I am quite tied up with vacation plan and work and summer, this mythology is my fallback. I dont need to think, I do have some stories up my sleeve and these come in handy when I have nothing to post about. :)

      Prometheus is good Nellie you would love it. Lot of open questions and loose ends, but as said go with the flow and you wont be disappointed.

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