Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for Vritra

Many of the stories you still see today are inspired directly and indirectly from various myths. For the 2015 A-Z Challenge, I'm going to share mythology from all over the world - myths that are familiar and obscure.

In ancient Hinduism (early Vedic Period), the Vritra was a horrible sea dragon known to cause death and drought to the people. He would block the flow of the river, allowing the people on land to die without access to precious water.

The god of rain and thunderstorms, Indra, had to come down and whoop Vritra's arse. He started by destroying all 99 of Vritra's palaces with his fashioned thunderbolt (sound familiar). The battle was a violent one. Vritra broke Indra's jaw, in fact, before being defeated.

Vritra's mother was also killed by Indra.

Later, Vritra's myth was altered during the Puranic Period. Here, Vritra is a demon who swalows Indra. But the other gods force Vritra to vomit him out.

I know. Weird. It get's even weirder.

Vishnu promises not to attack Vritra with metal, wood, or stone. So Indra uses the ocean foam to somehow kill Vritra. Not sure how that works, but he did it.

Yea Indra! Boo Vritra!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Choked him with ocean foam - that is odd.

Pat Hatt said...

That is one major hairball lol

jaybird said...

That picture freaks me right out!!

Chrys Fey said...

I wonder how they forced him to vomit Indra out...

Robin said...

When you consider the importance of agriculture (eating), it's not surprising that most of these myths describe gods who either provide or take away water. (Good vs. Evil) Being drowned in the water that was your home... pretty good twist if you ask me!

Jo said...

What an odd set of myths. Taking away rain would be very important - then as now.

Hart Johnson said...

Fascinating! The part of me that loves dragons wants him to triumph, but dehydrating all the people is a rotten thing to do. Love these myths that I'd never heard before.

Hart Johnson said...

Fascinating! The part of me that loves dragons wants him to triumph, but dehydrating all the people is a rotten thing to do. Love these myths that I'd never heard before.

Fee said...

Great post! I love sea monsters :)

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Haneen I. Adam said...

I like this story, Indra sounds so cool, he must have been really pissed off having to come down to stop Vritra's mischievous acts. I like how you write these posts, you make it all sound so ridiculous and hilarious, can't believe it's coming to an end so soon. Well I guess since I'm a follower now I'll be reading more fun things here :)

Pat Dilloway said...

It sounds like a good plot for a Godzilla-type movie.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I always thought that ocean foam was a little suspicious. The gods sure are nasty to humans and each other.

Patricia Lynne said...

That is an interesting myth. Although, it made me thirsty. LOL!

Stephanie Faris said...

So weird...ick! Gods were extremely moody.

Stepheny Houghtlin said...

Visiting you in these closing days of the #Challenge. Always happy to find another writer. If you have time or energy at this point in April, come and see what I’ve been up to. Love finding good blogs like yours. Thanks.

DEZMOND said...

I'd like to control water and all other natural elements :)

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