reply to post by Skyfloating
I think your absolutely right, that the Dharmic faiths and Abrahamic faiths have a syncretic pattern between them.
The pattern of the uncreated supreme skyfather/heavenly father can be found from Egypt to China.
The Chinese had the skyfather Shangdi, who they idenitified with Tien or Heaven.
The Mongols and Turks had the skyfather Tengri.
The Sumerians had the skyfather Anu.
The Canaanites and Phoenicians had El.
The Egyptians had Amon.
The Greeks had Ouranos.
The Indians had Dyauspitar.
What is interesting is a thunder god often supplants, usurps, or is crowned supreme in later myths, replacing the Skyfather.
The Sumerian EnLil, Levantine Baal-Hadad, the Greek Zeus, the Indian Indra are all examples of this.
The supremacy of the thunder god isn't universal, often time the thunderer is the right hand or regent of the skyfather.
Compare to the Germanic god Thor who reigns with the Allfather Odin. The Egyptian Set, though he kills the Enki like culture god Osiris, still is the
defender of the gods against the anti-god Apophis.
Often this thunder god is enemies with a culture god.
EnKi of Sumeria.
Osiris of Egypt.
Prometheus of Greece.
Loki of the Germans.
Edit to add: I wanted to get your opinion on a hypothesis I have in regards to biblical figures and syncretic patterns.
I think we could both agree that the G-d of Abraham is the Skyfather.
I think I have identified the Thunderer and Culture giver from Abrahamic texts.
The Thunderer often has an authority over the world, superior to most of the other "gods", can be tyrannical and often has a destructive mentality
This is very clear in the Sumerian EnLil. Zeus and Set also seem to fit this description.
In the Bible there is one being in the Book of Job who has contempt for humanity and has a position of authority over the Bnai Elohim. In the
Christian testament he is called Prince of the Powers of the Aer, Aer in this being Heaven. The powers most likely being the Bnai Elohim. He is also
called the Ruler of the Powers and Principalities that are described as ruling from the Heavens. In the Greek the word epouraniois or "in the
Heavens" is used. The other title is Ruler of the world.
Many of these titles are like titles given to EnLil and Indra.
I'm pretty sure you have guessed by now who I'm talking about. Again I'm going off in context Biblical text and looking back at the source
languages, not misconceptions taught in Sunday school.
Some would have probably thought I would pick Ha-Satan as a culture god, but no. There is nothing Biblical in context to suggest it.
The culture god on the other hand would be figure that some call Satan, but is in fact another being entirely. By that I mean the recipient of the
Azazel in the Book fo Enoch is a Promethean character. He comes down from Heaven bringing crafts and civilization to humanity before the Flood, just
as EnKi did.
Azazel also has an association with goats, as does EnKi. EnKi was associated with the constellation of Capricorn.
So Sumerian myth reinterpreted by this view would mean:
Anu= G-d (We already know Anu is an analog to the Phoenician El)
[edit on 30/4/10 by MikeboydUS]