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Avant Garde Bloggies Awards, 2009
In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy has always been projected as a seductress who eloped with young Paris, forcing her heartbroken husband to fight the war of Troy to get her back. This war resulted in the burning of the beautiful city.
Helen was held responsible for this destruction. We also hear of Draupadi being blamed for Mahabharata.
TROY, another one of my favorite movies, shows Helen’s side of the story.
Why did she run away from her husband (Menelaus) to elope with young Prince Paris? Was this a war for love, or was it wrath of a man scorned?
The movie has action, romance, suspense, intrigue and some controversy… if it was in India it would have also managed to attract some protests. Brad Pitt is just one of the attractions.
Greek Mythology and Indian Mythology have more in common:
Achilles heels and Krishna’s heels were their Achilles heel (the only vulnerable point on their bodies). Krishna dies when Jara’s arrow pierces his heel. Achilles death was caused by an arrow in his heel too. But it is the character of Odysseus that is a lot more like Krishna. He convinces a reluctant Achilles to fight for Agamemnon – a war the Greek hero did not want to fight.
Penelope waits for nineteen years for her husband, Odysseus, to come back from this war, and during this time many Princes, each pretending to be Odysseus, try to woo her. Although Odysseus meets many loves during these years, Penelope remains chaste. They seem to have Indian values.
Like in the Mahabharata, a dog is the only one who loyally follows Yudhishthir up to swarg, the Greeks have the loyal Argus who waited for nineteen years and was the only one to recognize Odysseus when he returned…
Zeus is like our Indra, King of the Gods, Lord of the Clouds, and his wife Hera is always suspicious and extremely jealous, because Zeus has a roving eye.
We have Brahma changing into a swan to seduce Saraswati, and Greek mythology has Zeus changing himself into many forms (including a swan) to seduce Leda.
Persephone and Sita were both forcibly abducted and wooed, and both (in different circumstances) disappeared under the Earth.
I wonder if our mythology is influenced by theirs or theirs by ours! Did we live in the same place sometime in history, together?