Friday, June 20, 2008

Finding the Fish God

Malaysia has tonnes of lovely Indian temples, all decorated with amazing pictures of famous Hindu and Vedic stories. Thing is, I don't know anything about these traditions beyond the famous Ramayana story. Identifying pictures can therefore take a while - but hooray for the Internet!

This guy here turns out to be all about the Flood.

As the story goes Manu, the first man on earth, was washing his hands in a river when a fish swam up and said it feared for its life. The fish asked Manu for help. Manu put the fish in a jar and took it home. When the fish grew, Manu got a bigger jar. Eventually the fish grew seriously big so Manu put it in the ocean.

The grateful fish came back later to warn Manu a big flood was coming. Manu built a boat, and gathered the Seeds Of Life. The fish then towed Manu and his boat to the top of a mountain. Manu waited here as the flood waters came and went. He then used his seeds to start a new earth.

According to Hindu mythology the fish was the first Avatar or incarnation of Vishnu, the preserver of the cosmos along with Brahma and Shiva.

Vishnu has ten avatars, some of which we've already seen like Rama, Krishna, and the Buddha. His tenth avatar will herald the end of the world.

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