Gilgamesh and the Adam and Eve stories have striking similarities since in the end of Gilgamesh a snake (Enki I think) takes away Gilgamesh's
immortality and a snake cost Adam and Eve their immortality.
Symbol of Zoroastrianism (the Faravahar):
Some sources say that the person in the ring of the winged figure is Zoroaster while others just say its a "human figure", I say its Marduk.
Babylonian wizard-god Marduk:
Notice he's holding a ring, has similar hair, and has a similar crown to the person in the Faravahar. I also find the shape of his eye interesting
(Horus?) though I may be looking too much into that
god of Assyria, Ashur (who has MANY different names):
Note: Ashur and Marduk are the same god, Babylon and Assyria just have different representations of him. Marduk/Ashur was the creator. Nearly all
Mesopotamian mythologies had the same or similar gods just with different names and representations. Marduk is also seen wearing the same helmet as
Ashur with wings and everything.
Marduk is also Merodach in Hebrew which appears somewhere in the Old Testament (I don't know where though)
The winged symbol is prominent throughout Mesopotamian mythology and Egyptian mythology as it can be a symbol of power or human spirit and also can
represent the sun or divine glory among a billion other definitions
. Zoroastrianism (founded by Zoroaster as the first monotheistic faith around
6th century BC) just adopted it.
This definitely shows some connections between 3 very different mythologies.
Also Zoroastrianism had a big thing on dualism which is obviously a big thing in "Eastern religions."
Its all neat to look into.
Edit to add: Ok I was reading about Horus and one thing is that the winged sun disk (the mesopotamian winged figure symbol) is A: used in a LOT more
ideologies and mythologies than I initially thought. and B: they are also called Shen rings in Egyptian mythology that are often seen being carried by
Horus in his falcon form. The funny thing there is that for one Ashur is in a ring with falcon wings and secondly, Ashur's Babylonian form, Marduk
always carries a ring either on him or in his hands.
Another interesting fact is that Marduk was the head of the Babylonian pantheon of gods AND was associated with Jupiter
(holy crap IT'S ZEUS).
Lastly Enki is amazing, he or she is seen in so many different mythologies it's not even funny.
[edit on 4/12/10 by MoothyKnight]