|Author||William G. Davey|
|Publication Date||March 5, 2009|
In this final part of our study of Indo European mythology we combine the results of our analyses of Indian, Arthurian, Greek, Norse, Irish, and Persian myths to produce composite pictures of the lives of the seven “Gods of the Indo Europeans”. In particular we are able to build with confidence upon clear similarities in both the names and themes in the accounts of two or more individual mythologies. In all mythologies we are able to see the conflicts and reconciliations of two different peoples as shown by the Tuatha de Danaan and Milesians in Ireland. We also see the strikingly similar destruction of the city of the enemies in Greek Troy and Indian Tripura, and the identical creation of the world by the sacrifices Of Brahma and his counterpart in Indian and Norse. And there are smaller but striking links between the mythologies such as the use of a sickle to kill a woman by the Greek Perseus and Indian Parashurama and the creation of a “blue-throated” individual by poison in Irish and Indian. But some of our perspectives cast previously unperceived darker shadows on some cherished images such as that of the noble Arthur. In fact we see no support for the traditional picture of Arthur as defender of Britain against the Saxons, and so placing Arthur in this British scene is simply false. There are several further aspects of his life and character that are apparently ignored by most writers. Among these is Arthur’s attempt to drown the child Mordred at the instruction of Merlin that is so clearly reflected in the story of Krishna in India as well as in other myths. Also the story of Arthur does not include the fact that the very creation of his kingship is founded on the treacherous assassination of his uncle with an arrow shown in the story of Balder in Norse and Rama in Indian.
In summary we show that the wealth of matches in both names and exploits in the six mythologies is undeniable and we are indeed able to construct the elements of the lives of seven people that form the “Family of the Gods”.