Commonalities Between Greek and Indian Mythology Uncovered

The well-known Indian writer, columnist, illustrator and speaker Devdutt Pattanaik has recently published the book Olympus: An Indian Retelling of Greek Myths, which ties Greek mythology to many common factors in Indian mythology. The book focuses on telling the Greek myths, but the end result of reading it is that the reader understands the connection between all of mankind.

Pattanaik links the different cultures of ancient folklore and mythology with trivia boxes at the end of each chapter highlighting the common themes and representations.

However, Pattanaik doesn’t focus his attention solely on Hindu mythology to draw a comparison with Greek mythology — Pattanaik explores everything from folk religion, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity and even ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian myths.

Different commonalities are pointed out in the book such as the conceptual equivalents of Hermaphroditus and Ardhanarishvara, Eros and Kama, Zeus and Indra, Dionysus and Shiva, or Heracles and Krishna.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of this book, here’s the information you will need:
Title: Olympus: An Indian Retelling of Greek Myths
Author: Devout Pattanaik
Publisher: Penguin Random House India