Saturday, August 16, 2014

Hercules-Balarama and the Institution of Kingship in Ancient Egypt


Note: This article has been published on the Graham Hancock website.

Background

In the previous article, I discussed about the worlwide exploits of the legendary hero Hercules in Egypt, Babylon and other parts of the world. The statements of the Greek writers, as well as a large number of the symbolic correlations, indicate that Hercules was Balarama, the elder brother of Krishna. As per the ancient sources, Hercules-Balarama, on his arrival in Egypt, had stopped a flood on the Nile, deposed of a tyrant king called Busiris, and established his own son Ramesses (also known as Aegyptus) on the throne of Egypt, thereby kickstarting in new phase in Egyptian history which corresponds to the Naqada I Period (c. 4000 BC-3500 BC) of Predynastic Egypt.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Worldwide Exploits of the Legendary Hero Hercules-Balarama

Note: This article has been published on the Graham Hancock website. 

Background 

This article is a continuation of a couple of previous articles that I have written on the topic of Hercules and Balarama, and their Egyptian counterpart Khonsu. Here, I will explore the various legends and folklores that talk of the heroic Hercules-Balarama who roamed the world and played a significant role in the founding of important cities and in establishing the institutions of monarchy and priesthood.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Balarama and Khonsu: Comparisons between the Indian and Theban Hercules


In a previous article titled “Hercules and Balarama: The Symbolic and Historical Connections[i] I had pointed out that the statements of the Greek historians such as Arrian and Diodorus Siculus (who were quoting from the still earlier works of Megasthenes), indicate that the Grecian Hercules was Balarama, the elder brother of Krishna. A number of Oriental scholars, including Captain Francis Wilford and Colonel James Tod have provided further insights in support of this association, while my own research has led me to identify some more commonalities between these heroic personalities.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hercules and Balarama: The Symbolic and Historical Connections


Sometime around c.305 BC, the Greek geographer and explorer Megasthenes arrived at the court of the Indian emperor Chandragupta Maurya at Pataliputra (modern Patna). He was sent as an ambassador by Seleucus Nicator of the Seleucid dynasty, with whom Chandragupta Maurya had entered into a treaty and matrimonial alliance. During his stay in India, Megasthenes compiled the book Indica - a commentary on the geography, social traditions, and religious customs of India. Although, the original work of Megasthenes is no longer available, later Greek historians such as Arrian and Diodorus Siculus have referred to Indica in their works, from where we can gather snippets of some very important observations made by Megasthenes regarding the presence of Hercules in India.