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Vedic Mesapotamian/Egyptian connections

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  • mkelkar2003
    Vedic and Mesopotamian Cross-influences. Published in Migration & Diffusion (Vienna) 2005 and after some minor revisions it was subsequently published by the
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 3, 2007
      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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    • mkelkar2003
      URLs for the above mentioned articles follow: http://www.omilosmeleton.gr/english/documents/VEA.pdf http://www.omilosmeleton.gr/english/documents/VMCI.pdf M.
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 4, 2007
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