Indian Mythology

Devi: The Great Goddess

Who are the Hindu mythic heroes?

The primary mythic heroes of Hinduism—those humans who have characteristics of the monomythic hero such as miraculous conceptions, relatives among the gods, difficult quests, and ascensions to heaven—are avatars such as Krishna, Rama, Sita, and Draupadi; Arjuna and his brothers—the epic heroes—are less perfect, but are heroes in the sense that Homer’s epic characters are. They often have divine ancestry, they possess powers much greater than those of other humans, but are also flawed, particularly by a very human tendency toward pride. A different kind of hero emerges from Buddhism, another form of devotion that emerged in ancient India.


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