Rama and his brothers

From: Mark DeFillo
Message: 8178
Date: 2001-07-30

"Jo´┐Żo S. Lopes Filho" <jodan99@...> wrote:

>Is ther some IE symbolism in the colours of Rama and his brothers and
>half-brothers?
>
>RAMA - pale-green skin, green eyes and dark-green hair; ( also long arms
>reaching the knees, pomegranate-shaped 40 white teeth, high shoulders, long
>tongue, bull-eyelids, heavy jaws) note: is he Incredible Hulk?
>
>LAKS.MANA - golden skin, blue eyes, golden-brown hair.
>
>BHARATA - red skin, pink eyes, scarlet lips and flame-red hair.
>
>SATRUGHNA - dark-blue skin, black eyes, black hair.


I'd have to look further into the color symbolism, but I can say that "long
arms reaching the knees" is a standard physiognomic symptom, in Hinduism, of
divine avataras. This is described in many places in the translation and
commentary on Bhagavata-Purana (Srimad-Bhagavatam) by A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada (the first place I learned of this detail). Long arms,
reaching to the knees, is found in the scriptural and hagiographical
descriptions of many or most divine avataras, including several medieval
Indian (Hindu) saints. While it does not help with the color symbolism,
having unusual skin color is a frequent symptom of avataras, too.

~Mark DeFillo


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