Zeus; 2 Definition(s)


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In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Zeus (Ζεύς) of Greek mythology.—Sanskrit viśvavedas (‘all-knowing’) is also used of Dyaus, the Indie deity cognate with Greek Zeus; see West (1978) 223-4 for the comparison and for a discussion of the Sun and its relationship to all-seeing Zeus in Greece and to Indie Mitra and Varuṇa, and to Iranian Ahura Mazdāh: “Hesiods Zeus with his spies andhis all-seeing Eye, and Homers Sun [‘who sees all things and hears all things’] (Iliad 3.277, invoked together with Zeus in swearing an oath...) are evidentlyfragmented survivals of this Indo-European system”.

(Source): Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology: Hesiod and Greek Myth

Zeus (or Jupiter), whose name is the same as the Hindoo Dyaus Pitar, the god and personification of the bright sky or the heavens, has likewise been traced to the Sanskrit root div or dyu, meaning “to shine;” and there is also a noun dyu in that language which means either “sky” or “day.” In early times the name was applied to the one God, and was therefore “retained by the Greeks and all other kindred people to express all they felt toward God;” but as the word also meant the visible sky, with its ever-changing aspect, some of the phrases used to describe it came, in the course of time, to denote vile and fickle actions, and apparently inconsistent behavior.

(Source): Myths of Greece and Rome: Analysis of Myths

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