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The Myths

By Uncle Thor

A certain kind of comic book is common among the polytheistic Hindus of India. The Indian comics are much like other superhero rags. The difference is that instead of make-believe super people, the characters are Hindu deities. You might think it odd for people to see the same deities they worship being portrayed as pulp superheroes. Is it not blasphemy, or at the very least irreverent? The Hindus do not think so. They know the difference between deity and comics. They also know that comic books are not going to offend superior beings. The Gods are too big to be riled by entertainment.

Of course, it would be different if the characters were Christian deities, angels and saints. You know that the churches would be making an uproar. Christians would think they offend their God and his assistants.

The Greeks had an attitude similar to that of the Hindus. They knew that their myths were allegorical stories. The myths were not to be taken literally. The Gods and Goddesses were spiritual beings, not big men and women. For example, if you asked a Greek about the story of Kronos eating his children, he might tell you it was an allegory of Time coming back to itself. Kronos, known by the Romans as Saturn, represented the inexorable passage of time. There are many accounts from the Pagan era wherein Hellenic writers explain the allegorical nature of myth. The one about Time was actually used in a treatise by a Pagan named Sallustius (not to be confused with a Roman historian of the same name).

Read the original article at: Uncle Thors Lessons

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