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    Default Similarities between spiritual/religious icons

    I figured this fit here better then in "Angels & Demons".

    I was doing random research, as I often do, when I noticed the similarities between the descriptions of Demon Zaebos/Sallos and a picture I found of the god or Devas, Varuna.

    One of Zaebos's descriptions is thus; "Zaebos is a demon or spirit in the Dictionnaire Infernal. Zaebos is said to be the Grand Count of the infernal realms, and appears in the shape of a handsome soldier mounted on a crocodile. He is supposedly of a gentle disposition" Another depiction is of Sallos with a human head, crowned with a ducal coronet, and the body of a crocodile.

    I then came across an image of the God Varuna on his mount makara, " http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...78/M72_4_2.jpg ". At first glance Makara looks a lot like a green giant lizard not too different from a crocodile, and Varuna a handsome man crowned with a coronet.

    I could not help but be stricken by the similarities. I am not saying that Varuna and Zaebos are one and the same, just that they remind me of one another in their depictions. and I found it interesting and thought I'd share my randomness. I'd like to hear any comments and thoughts about this or any other similarities in spiritual / religious icons

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    how about dagon, Poseidon, etc.. I have a feeling that the Hindu origin's are the original inspiration.
    Man is invited to question, discover, explore,
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    Many cultures have different names for the same gods/demons/spirits because of the language differences. The name must change in order that the numbers of the jumatra (don't know how to spell that) stays the same.

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