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#2 King of the Gods The Greeks believed Zeus to be the king of the gods. Similarly, Hindus believe that Indra is the King of the Gods. But the similarities don’t stop there! They both live on mountains (Mount Olympus and Mount Meru), are gods of thunder, wield lightning bolts, and are worshiped on Thursdays! #3 Prophecy-Death By Child Many of us are familiar with the story of Kronos and Zeus. Kronos hears a prophesy that his child will overthrow him, so he eats his children at birth (because that made more sense than not having children) until the 6th, Zeus, is born in secret and raised in exile. He comes back as a grown-up and, of course, the prophecy comes true. Somehow, the Hindus believe in the same myth. King Kamsa hears that the 8th child of his sister will kill him, so he logically imprisons his sister and her husband together instead of separating them, kills her first 7 children, and then - somehow - the 8th child (Krishna, my namesake) gets sent and exiled on a river. Of course Krishna grows up and kills his uncle Kamsa to become the next king. #4 The Great War a.k.a Don't Steal My Wife The Trojan War was waged on the city of Troy by the Greeks when Paris  took Helen of Troy from King Menelaus of Sparta. The war raged for 10 years until the Trojans lost to a fake horse. The Ramayana is the story of the war between Rama and Ravana. Rama and Sita live in the woods together until Ravana abducts Sita. In order to go retrieve his wife, Rama brings along his brother and an army of monkeys and kills Ravana, who, for some reason, has 10 heads. Hopefully, I have now convinced you that the Classical mythologies live on in Hinduism, or at the very least, that the Classical myths and Hinduism share some similarities. I only named four here, but there are numerous shared myths between the two. See if you can find more! 19