The Hungarian Legend of the Hind appears to be a sort of garbled version of the Ramayanam. I am basing my observation on this article by Fred Hamori. http://users.cwnet.com/millenia/stagg.htm Below are some excerpts from his (her) work., which will illustrate what I am thinking. Besides the Hungarians, the Japanese, Ugrians, Finnish, Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, Mesopotamians and the Maya Indians have some version of the magic deer story. Fred Hamori also gives the astronomic interpretation of the story: look at the 8th point.
(I am not talking here about versions of Valmiki Ramayanam .. which are themselves numerous and far spread.)
- “The Hungarian Legend of the Wondrous Stag is one of the oldest legends of the nation. It is so old that it is found in various forms among those nations who were the distant relatives or neighbors of the Hungarians, long before their settlement in Hungary…. “
- “…A long time ago, thousands of years ago, in a distant land in Asia there was once a great and powerful kingdom. It was bordered by tall mountains in the north and a great southern sea in the south. From the mountains, two mighty rivers flowed southwards to the sea watering the flat lowlands. The people who lived there were famous for their arts, sciences and wisdom. They lived in abundance and plenty. “
- “It was following the great flood that the people from the northern mountains settled here and founded a new land. The king of the land was the giant hunter Nimrod, the descendant of the great king Etana.”
- “Here he married his first wife Eneth and she later bore him two twin sons called Hunor and Magor.”
- “ The two young men continued their own search and came across a wonderous beast, a great horned doe, which shone in multicolor lights and it’s antlers glittering from light. Enchanted by the heavenly beast they gave chase to it. The animal lead them across glades and medows onward toward the west.”
- “They settled on a great island in the lake, which was well protected.”
- “The legend amongst our language relatives including FinnUgor, Huns, and others varies but is generally a star myth where the “great hunter” hunts the heavenly stagg (Ursa Major) and kills it around Christmas time. The sun which is held in its horns now escapes and becomes stronger, ushering in spring. However the calve of the stagg repeats the event every year. In Hun art all the way from Mongolia and DungHuan caves of western China show the magical hunt of the stagg by two twins.
- Even “western?” constellations Nimrod(Orion), Twins (Gemini) and the horned animal (Taurus) show the hunt.”
- “Maya Indian version
The sons of Hun Hun-apu, the god of the hunt, are the heavenly twins [GEMINI],known as Hunapu (HUNOR) who is warlike like his father and Ixbalenque (MAGOR), who is more peaceful. Their adventures, with their 400 warriors includes the kidnapping the women. Their jealous half brothers chased them, but they turned them into monkeys”.