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Why does Indian mythology not have humongous beasts like that of Chinese dragon?

Even though the geographical locations might be very near, it has to be noticed that there hasn't been a considerable mixture of both the cultures due to the following reasons: The Himalayas acted as ...
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Do the myths of Malayalam Onam, Egyptian Osiris Myth and Vietnamese Tet show cultural contacts?

That's a definite "no" as far as an Egyptian connection is concerned. A much more plausible explanation is that in creating myths, humans follow a limited number of patterns, regardless of ...
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Why are the feet of bhoots facing backwards?

This is an answer given by my Indian grandpa, so please take it with a pinch of salt. As most hero-villain war stories in old movies and old stories in India go, it mostly involves the protagonist ...
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What is the original story of Fox Spirit/Nine tails fox in India's myths?

The Dakini connection Here is an extract of Chinese Magical Medicine by Michel Strickmann implying the direct connection between the Inari and the Dakini (p. 272). The “Dakini” or “Dagini” for ...
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Indus valley or Harrapan civilization myths/beliefs

[Note] My time for any answer is somehow so scarce that it will take me a couple of days and edits to manage to finish it... Sorry for this major inconvenience [/Note] It is very rare to have ...
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Why is the Indian Dragon at war with the Elephant?

This sounds to me like a (very exaggerated) description of Python molurus, the Indian python; they will sometimes climb trees and kill by constriction, but I don't think they've ever been known to eat ...
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Why is the Indian Dragon at war with the Elephant?

According to Indian mythology,the demon Vritra( an indian dragon) representing drought is enemy of Indra (the king of gods and god of rain). Indra rides elephant named Airavata. So elephant ...
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What is the name of the Mahabharata version told from the point of view of Sahadeva?

This answer has very little to do with mythology, but I found this question in the "Unanswered" list and thought I should pitch in. The answer is right there at the link in your question: My Game ...
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When did Lord Indra asked for Kawach-Kundal to Karna? It's before Kurukshetra war or in the mid of war?

As Hinduism is a living culture, its mythology is not just in texts but in the minds of the people, and there are various folk stories, family traditions, and even half-remembered distortions in ...
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When did Lord Indra asked for Kawach-Kundal to Karna? It's before Kurukshetra war or in the mid of war?

It was during the prelude of the war. Indra was scared that since Karna was invincible with his armor, he would vanquish Arjuna. So, to protect Arjuna, he took the form of a Brahmin while Karna was ...
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Veda, Upanishad and the Physical Universe

The Rig Veda 10.129 (via Wikipedia): Neither being (sat) nor non-being was as yet. What was concealed? And where? And in whose protection?…Who really knows? Who can declare it? When was it born, ...
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Are there any close analogues to the Fairy King & Queen Titania and Oberon, in Indian/Hindu mythology?

There is the Lore of the Yaksha & Yakshini. As well as Kinnara & Kinnari. Also Refer to a Tangential Piece of mine if you so feel. The Mythos of 'Yakshi'
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How many gods are in Hindu mythology?

Some say there are 33 gods, while some say there are 330 million gods (33 crores or 33 Koti gods; 1 Koti = 1 crore = 10 million). But, koti in Sanskrit also means prime importance or supreme/central ...
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How many gods are in Hindu mythology?

The metaphysics of this is complicated. Multiple gods may have a relationship such that several are an aspect of another. In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, we find this passage: Then Vidagdha, the ...
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What is the original story of Fox Spirit/Nine tails fox in India's myths?

There are actually Japanese kitsune with 9 tails known as Kyubi no Kitsune. However, not all kitsune have 9. A Kitsune gains its tails about 1 per century, and only attains 9 (Kyu) after 1,000 years. ...
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