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.