HINDU RITUALS IN GREECE (Post No.4129)

Written by London Swaminathan

Date: 4 August 2017

Time uploaded in London- 17-31

Post No. 4129

Pictures shown here are taken from various sources such as Facebook friends, Books, Google and newspapers; thanks.
 

When I went to Acropolis Museum in Athens (Greece) in July 2017, I entered the museum shop. Normally I buy only fridge magnets as mementos and stick them to my fridge in London. But the picture post cards in Athens shop were very attractive. So, I bought a few of them and one of them shows a Hindu ritual. I already wrote a research article about the Hindu customs in Sumerian civilization. One of the rituals is offering certain votive objects to get married or to get issues (children) or to get cured of sickness.

People who have problems pray to god with votive offerings either before or after the solution to the problem. South Indian temple Hundis get lot of metal objects in the shape of eye, ear, leg, hand, nose , baby etc. Devotees offer these either to thank the god for solving the problems or to get the problems solved.

 

I found two similarities in the Greek picture:-

  1. Like in Hindu temples, the votive offerings were given to a GODDESS.
  2. The offerings were made with a special request or prayer to solve a specific problem.

The Greek picture post card shows Clay spinning whorls, offered by young women to the sanctuary of Nymph, the protectress of marriage. They are dated around sixth century BCE. This ritual has been there in Greece at least 2500 years ago. Now they are in museum. But Hindu culture is older by thousands of years to Greek culture. And ours is a living culture and you can see such votive offerings even today in Sankarankoil and Bhagavathy temples in Kerala and hundreds of temples around the country.

 

      NEW IDEAS FROM GREECE

NEW IDEAS FROM GREECE: When I came back from New York, San Francisco, Rome, Stockholm and Indian cities, I posted some new ideas for business. In Athens (Greece) I saw playing cards with the famous Greek philosophers. We may also do some playing cards with Indian philosophers or temples or Tourists spots. Foreigners will buy them because it is a memento as well as playing cards. But it must be of good quality. I paid 2-50 euros for the playing cards pack.

 

MORE NEW IDEAS FROM GREECE; I KNOW INDIAN BOOKSHOPS SELL BOOK MARKS WITH QUOTATIONS. BUT I BOUGHT A SET OF BOOK MARKS WITH QUOTATIONS FROM THE GREATEST GREEK WRITERS. WE MUST SELL SOMETHING LIKE THIS IN ALL THE BOOK SHOPS WITH HINDU QUOTES OR TAMIL LITERATURE QUOTES. QUALITY AND ACCURACY ARE MORE IMPORTANT.

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS FROM GREECE; This picture post card shows the surgical tools and suction cups. Carved on the base of a statue, now lost. Dedicated to the sanctuary of Asklepios , 320 BCE. From Athens museum stall.

 

CHARAKA AND SUSRUTA HAD MORE SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS; WE HAVE THE NAMES OF HUNDREDS OF SURGICAL TOOLS IN THE BOOKS OF CHARAKA AND SUSRUTA IN SANSKRIT. WE MUST SELL PICTURE POST CARDS WITH THOSE INSTRUMENTS

Statue of a young girl, probably depicting the goddess Artemis; Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece; around 530 BCE. I bought this picture post card last week in Athens.

All Indian Temples must have a book shop cum stall with high quality books and pictures.

Every Indian museum must have a stall with a cafe. Western countries do roaring business buy selling artefacts, picture cards, books etc in such museum stalls. They are of high quality. India can do it.

 

 

BOOK ON SANTORINI ISLANDS, GREECE

   

The house where we stayed in Santorini (Thera) islands had a book on the table which contained some pictures about wine making and archaeological finds.

 

CHRISTIAN MUSLIM ATROCITIES: –

In the past few days I wrote some articles comparing Hindu culture with the Greek culture. I wrote that I will list the atrocities of Christians and Muslims in Athens. But encyclopaedias such as Wikipedia have very elaborate writeups about it. So I will just give you the bullet points

 

How Parthenon, Temple of Goddess was destroyed?

First, Persian invasion caused some damage in the fourth century BCE

After the introduction of Christianity in Greece, they banned all the pagan temples.

One of the kings, who was a Christian fanatic, took the beautiful, valuable statue of Athena made up of gold to  Turkey and destroyed it.

Later Christian kings converted Temple of Athena in to a church; made architectural changes; in other words, defaced it. Gave new names to old Greek gods to show them Christian. Virgin Athena changed into Virgin Mary.

After Ottoman Turkish attack, the Parthenon structure and temple were destroyed.

They converted it into a mosque. The Venetian- Turkish war destroyed this structure with cannon balls. They used it arms depot.

It is a systematic destruction similar to what Muslim invaders did to Hindu temples in India and what Portuguese and Spanish invaders did to Mayan, Aztec, Olemec and Inca civilizations.

Wherever these invaders went there was bloodshed, plundering and destruction.

 

Last but not the least, people like Elgin “stole” the remaining marbles “legally” and now they are in British, Louvre and Metropolitan museums around the world. My Greek tourist guide was furious when she explained about how Elgin took the historical marbles to Britain.

More in Wikipedia.

 

–Subham–

 

 

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