Vedic Mesapotamian/Egyptian connections
- Vedic and Mesopotamian Cross-influences.
Published in Migration & Diffusion (Vienna) 2005 and after some minor
revisions it was subsequently published by the Adyar Library Bulletin
(2006: Olcott commemorative issue). This was incorporated in the study
Vedic, Mesopotamian and Egyptian Religiophilosophical Thought (in
print by PHISPC in the volume Chain of Golden Civilizations)
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Vedic and Egyptian Affinities.
This paper was written independently in 2002 and has been published in
2006 in Puratattva. This piece was incorporated in the study Vedic,
Mesopotamian and Egyptian Religiophilosophical Thought (in print by
PHISPC in the volume Chain of Golden Civilizations)
There are more than 20 motifs/themes exhibiting close affinities in
the religious texts of the Vedic and Egyptian peoples. Some like the
Sungod's boat, the Water as a primal cosmogonic element, the Cow of
plenty and the sacred Bull are common to the Mesopotamian culture too.
Some are quite extraordinary and occur only here with some weak echoes
in other Indoeuropean branches: the lotus-born one, the eye running
off, etc, including many elements in the famous Isis-Osiris tale.
These affinities are close and suggest either a common origin for both
cultures or cross influences. However, most of the motifs, including
the Isis-Osiris and Yama tales, have correspondences in other IE
traditions: this fact suggests that the motifs are inherited in the
Vedic texts and not borrowed from Egypt. Thus we must conclude either
that Saptasindhu, the land of the Vedic people, influenced Egypt or
that both cultures derive or borrow from a third unknown one. The
former case is difficult to determine as there is no firm evidence for
an early contact between Egypt and Saptasindhu. Consequently, without
entirely ruling out the possibility of Vedic influences on Egyptian
culture we must assume a devolution from an older unknown civilization.
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