Perhaps no one tribe has captured the imagination of indigenous people of India as much as the giant, highly technical, exogenous Rakshasas.
While the white-washed version of our culture tries to tell us that Rakshasas were dark, the fact remains that our heroes and heroines, Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Vishnu, Siva, Draupadi, Parvathi, Tara and so on were dark.
In one conversation actually Chandra demands of Brahma, why the dark and beautiful Tara, should remain married to Brihaspati, instead of to a handsome fellow like himself!
After reading about cannibalism in pre-historic germany, the idea keeps recurring in my head, as to whether the tall and cannibalistic rakshasas could not in fact have been europeans.
The people to the east of India are typically shorter and it is the people to the west who are taller..!
Wherever they were from originally, rakshasas tend be favorites of small and mischievous children, thanks particularly to wonderful movies like mayabazaar.
It is incorrect to translate hindu rakshasas as christian demons., these 2 concepts have nothing in common. Ours are fun-loving and frequently intermarried with gandharvas (Afganisthan and Pakisthan) as well as Indians. Bhima’s son Ghatotkacha is a case in point. They lived, fought in battles and were killed by arrows. Some were devout and some were wicked. They were bigger, stronger, technical, musical, magical and often good looking. But had unfortunate dietary habits. This led to a lot of conflicts with the Vanaras, and I am happy to report that the Indian Vanaras won them all.
See Also :
- Dark, handsome heroes of Uttar Pradesh – Sri Rama and Sri Krishna
- Anarya! Dushyantha, Sri Rama, Sri Krishna.
- Cannibals in Germany 7000 years ago!
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