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Hindu Epics in the West
When you go to Bolivia and to the south of Peru, you can see a very famous festival called "La Diablada" (Demoniac Dance). This festival depicts a very ancient story: two angel-like warriors fight against a ten-headed demon. This demon has a army and the angelical warriors are being helped by animal armies, especially by a society of well organized monkeys. Jaya Shree Raamaayan.
I have also heard that the word "Dinka" means "Children of the Sun" or "Worshipers of the Sun" in Sanskrit or some other Indian language. The word "Inka" in Quechua (language spoken by the Inca culture) means "Children of the Sun". And worshiping the Sun gives the worshiper intelligence and gold, a very notorious feature of the Inca empire. Their society was very similar to Varn Aashram.
American Indian Karn
"Long ago the Sun God sent the spark of life to Earth. It traveled down the rays of the Sun, through the heavens, and it came to the Pueblo. There it entered the house of a Young Maiden. In due course, the Boy came into the world of men. He lived and grew and played in the Pueblo (village). However the other boys would not let him join in their games. "Where is your father?" they asked him. "You have no father!" they mocked him and chased him away. The Boy and his Mother were sad.
One day he said to his mother - "Mother, I must
look for my father. No matter where he is, I must find him." So the boy left home.
The Boy Becomes the Arrow
Anyone familiar with the story of Karn can see the similarities. The Sun God is Soorya Dev. The Maiden who received the spark of life through his rays is the Maiden Princess, Kuntee. The Boy is Karn. The other boys who would not let him join in their games are the Paandav who mocked Karn for not knowing who his father was. The Corn Planter and Pot Maker represent the teachers Dron and Kripaa. The Arrow Maker represents Parashuraam, who accepted Karn as his disciple and made him the greatest archer on earth.
Of course there are many points in the Mahaabhaarat story that don't seem represented here but since the source is a modern retelling of an ancient Pueblo Indian tale, thousands of years of separation from the original version will always create variations. This phenomenon can be found in Vaidik culture itself. Example: Hanuman is a well known Brahmachari, yet in Thailand he is married.>
Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/09
Updated on 11/16/12