So, you're saying it is pure coincidence that the deity on the
Gundestrop cauldron and the images of Shiva discovered in Mohenjo
Daro and Harrupa in the lotus position and accompanied by animals
and that these images refer to a different deity entirely?
It has been awhile, but I have studied the Vedic similarities of
Irish culture. I find it difficult to believe there is no
connection between the deity referred to as "Cernunnos" and the
depictions of Shiva previously referenced, especially in lieu of
the other distant yet similar aspects shared by the two cultures.
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From: "John Hooker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:59 PM
Subject: Re: Thinking Celtic (was Re: Old list memories)
> Hi Cionaodh,
>> Have you or anyone else explored the very probable link of
>> Cernunnos as depicted on the Gundestrop cauldron with other
>> ancient horned deities from Mohenjo Daro and Haruppa from the
>> Indus river civilizations?
>> I have seen photographs of a horned deity, likewise sitting in
>> lotus position, that were said to be understood as an early
>> depiction of Shiva and also known as "Pashupati" which were
>> unearthed in excavations of those two Indus river valley
>> Since then I have understood "Cernunnos" to be the Celtic
>> equivalent to this ancient Indo-European deity, and whatever
>> name was, "Cernunnos" being a name of address as in "O Horned
>> (Shiva is addressed as "O peaked [or "horned"] One") perhaps
>> Celtic trinity of Esus, Teutates, Tarannos is roughly
>> to the Hindu trinity of Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu.
> I am not one for associating much with the Indo-Europeans, other
> than IE
> being a distant ancestor of the languages that we speak. Deities
> are often
> named after their attributes and if we name something using an
> European language then that term can be traced back to its
> origins through
> language alone. This does not mean that the exact, or even
> nature of any deity will be similar to one from another area
> where the
> language is part of the Indo-European group. The nature of
> changes the attributes of deities over time and distance and
> very often
> what we end up with is quite different from where we started.
> Images of bulls are common in the ancient Indus Valley and
> looking one the
> web I find that "Pashupati" means "Lord of cattle. There should
> be major
> differences in myths of domestic animals as opposed myths of
> wild animals.
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