The complexity of culture : From OEDIPUS to Lord Ram

The complexity of culture : From OEDIPUS to Lord Ram

A comparison between greek and indian mythologies.

  • We all know that each and everyone’s culture is bit different . But let’s talk about the Biggest and Oldest cultures of the world. Yes! The Greek and Indian one.
  • Let’s discuss about the complexity it has. How both the culture differ with each other in terms of their legendary mythology.
  • we all know about the famous OEDIPUS COMPLEX Right! Sigmund Freud made it more popular in his psychoanalysis.
  • we all know How Oedipus killed his own father. He was unaware of the fact that the king was his own father and killed him. Afterwards local people made him the king as he killed the monster .
  • And become the king of his kingdom and married his own mother!! Cause he wasn’t aware of the facts!
  • Absolutely the day he became aware of the facts he blinded himself. He wasn’t even able to see his own son . Neither he wanted to see him cause he was the living guilt for him….How he killed his own father and married his own mother.
  • In this story! We all can see how the father is sacrificed for the son…Or how the son is the reason behind father’s death but still OEDIPUS is considered as the Biggest Hero in Greek Mythology . And similarly OEDIPUS sacrificed his eyes for his son.
  • This shows how Greek culture gave more value to the Sons rather than the fathers.
  • There are many more examples like how Zeus killed Chronos .
  • Aegeus killed himself, believing his son Theseus to be dead . These stories tells us how Greek mythology favours The sons over the fathers.
  • But Indian mythology don’t have such stories. They counter Greek mythology in these terms…. they favor fathers over sons !
  • We all know the Great Bishma Pitamah(Devratt) who sacrificed his fatherhood for his father just because his father wanted to marry a fisher-girl.
  • As she (fisher-girl) demanded his son (devratt) to kill his wish for the throne and also to give away his fatherhood . And the Great son agreed to this without any hesitation!
  • He is known as the most noble man in Indian mythology … Though he was one of the major reasons for the cause of Mahabharata ( the epic battle for the throne of Hasthinapur) He died on the death bed made of sharp and hard arrows .
  • He sacrificed everything for his father and kingdom. Hence he’s considerd as Godly in Indian Mythology .
  • Another example is very famous about how LORD RAM sacrificed his throne and his luxurious life for his father. As his father promised his third wife that he’ll order his eldest son Ram to leave the palace and live in exile for 14 years.
  • Here after sacrificing everything for his father Ram is considered to be an Ideal son .
  • Another example is of Yayati how he used his sons youth when he turned old due to a Curse.
  • This proves how in Indian Society a son is considered to be ideal if he obeys his father. And even if the son is doing something extraordinary for the society and is against his father he’s considerd to be a bratt.

Meanwhile in Greek society if a father uses his son, the father is considered to be immoral .

a comparison between greek and indian mythologies.

  • This proves how both the society depends on their culture for everything. This shows that cultural problems are not universal. They are different. This shows how mythology, history and stories affects one’s culture and society. And why each and every culture is complex. And when one don’t stand on his/her culture how he’s considered as Taboo .

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