Bear-king Jāmbavān and animal symbolism

We can perhaps identify some similar themes of cultural centrality of the bear in Indian culture, especially in its earliest phases.  Similarly to Western mythic taxonomy, the seven stars of Ursa Major are called ‘the bears’ (ṛkṣa) in the Rig Veda (1.24.10), and in fact the Pleiades are their seven wives according to Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa (2.1.2).  These bears (ṛkṣa) later came to be known as sages (ṛṣi).

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Bolsonaro, Modi, Bartimaeus, Hanuman

The monkey Hanuman carries a herb mountain — Wikimedia Commons Recently Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro wrote a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confirm the close collaboration between Brazil and India on fighting COVID-19. Regarding the supply of pharmaceutical raw materials for the production of hydroxychloroquine from India to Brazil, as a potential treatment for […]

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