Cadmus and Parashurama

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The entire complex Round of Stories about Cadmus, especially those associated with the slaying of the Spartoi, Europa and the Isle and Cultus of Rhodes and Crete, connect Him to the Story of Parasurama. “By the instructions of Athena, he sowed the dragon’s teeth in the ground, from which there sprang a race of fierce armed men, called the Spartoí (“sown”). By throwing a stone among them, Cadmus caused them to fall upon one another until only five survived, who assisted him to build the Cadmeia or citadel of Thebes, and became the founders of the noblest families of that city.” Details of the Spartoi ‘slain by’ Cadmus reveal them to be the excessively militant relatives of Krishna! These are the same Kshatriyas slain by Parasuram! This site shows a hint of the vast number of stories associated with Parasurama. Cadmus is also the main actor in numerous kingdom and city origin stories.

One has to become familiarized with many of the traditions of both Cadmus and Parasuram to understand the connections. http://forum.santabanta.com/showthread.htm?p=2478969.

When studying History and Theology one must learn to understand the relationship of these to Mythology and the process of the localization of historic memories, metaphysical or theological revelations, archetypes and idealism, and how these all may or may not be related to a particular ‘myth’ or mythic round of stories, or to a mega-myth that encompasses the explanatory story-telling of ages.

Let us use wiki on the Spartoi as a starting place to understand some very important East-West ‘Old World’ religious connections, by inquiring into the identity of the Yadus, the Birth Family of Sri Krishna-Vishnu in His Gita Incarnation, and the dynasty of Kshatriya Kings killed by the ‘Shaktyavesha Avatara’ Parasurama. The general understanding in India today is that the Kshatriyas who survived (because they were spared!) fled outside of Greater India and became the ancestors of the low-class non-Vedic (uncivilized) nations outside of Bharata (Sacred India). But, does this idea actually have any real-world historical basis and what about the 5 survivors that were spared by Parasurama? What about the strange fact that the supposed ‘SUN GOD’ HARI (Krishna) appears in the LUNAR CHANDRA VAMSA DYNASTY OF VEDIC KINGS? What about the strange association of this Dynasty with that of the kings wiped out by Parasurama? To get some insight into the surprising answers these questions we need to inquire into the identity of the SPARTOI!

Who were the ABHIRA relatives of the YADUS? Who were the ‘Hapiru (HEBREW) relatives of the SUBARTU? Why does the c Catholic Bible tell us that the SPARTOI are the decendents of ABRAHAM and the religious BROTHERS of the faithful JEWS? The SPARTOI, SUBARTU and SATRAPAS / KSHATRIYAS were all a ‘Vedic’ warrior CLASS of people who worshiped HARI-VASU / ELI-YAHU / HERU-AUSU. They were Lunar-time festival keepers. The Yadus and other religiously related peoples were all somehow connected with the worship of Ananta Sesa Naga and represented with anguiped iconography.

Let us begin our study of Cadmus-Parasurama from the elements presented below. I will post a new Album with notes for this topic, as I have time and energy.

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Main East-West Road at Laodicea with Mount Cadmus in the Distance

Spartoi in Thebes Cadmus arrived in Thebes, Greece after following a cow at the urging of the oracle at Delphi, who instructed him to find a city wherever the cow should stop. Cadmus, wishing to sacrifice the cow, sent his men to a nearby spring to fetch water. The spring was guarded by a dragon, which slew many of the men before Cadmus killed it with his sword.

According to Apollodorus, the dragon was sacred to Ares. Athena gave Cadmus half of the dragon’s teeth, advising him to sow them. When he did, fierce armed men sprang up from the furrows. Cadmus threw a stone among them because he feared them, and they, thinking that the stone had been thrown by one of the others, fought each other until only five of them remained: Echion, Udeus, Chthonius, Hyperenor and Pelorus. These five helped Cadmus to found the city of Thebes, but Cadmus was forced to be a slave to Ares for one year to atone for killing the dragon. At the end of the year, he was given Harmonia, the daughter of Aphrodite and Ares, to be his wife.

However, Hellanicus writes that only five Spartoi sprang up, omitting the battle between them. In his version, Zeus had to intervene to save Cadmus from the anger of Ares, who wished to kill him. Echion later married Agave, the daughter of Cadmus, and Pentheus their son succeeded Cadmus as king.

The bronze & gold Arkalochori Axe is a second millennium BC Minoan votive double axe excavated by Spyridon Marinatos in 1934 in the Arkalochori cave on Crete which is believed to be part of a religious ritual. It is inscribed with fifteen symbols.

Spartoi in Colchis The other half of the dragon’s teeth were planted by Jason at Colchis. Aeetes, the king of Colchis, was given the teeth by Athena, and forced Jason to sow them in order to win the golden fleece. Like Cadmus, Jason threw a stone among the spartoi to confuse them. The spartoi then began to fight each other over the stone. None survived the battle.

In the Srimad Bhagavatam, the poetic description of the excessively military sons of Kārtavīryārjuna described them as ‘thorns in the side of Mother Earth’. Now visualize the DRAGON’s TEETH SOWN IN THE GROUND! Obviously the SPARTOI as Dragon’s Teeth were like THORNS in the Side of Mother Earth! What about the way that they were destroyed? A Stone was thrown among the Spartoi, causing them to fight with each other until all but 5 were dead. Picture the Curse of the later Family of Sri Krishna, the Yadus! An iron ball (the Stone) embodied the curse, and due to their excessive combativeness, the Yadus got into a brawl and killed each other with reeds grown from the iron filings of the iron ball that embodied the curse. The excessively combative Spartoi killed eachother. Later the excessively combative Yadus killed each other. A stone or iron ball caused the killing. 5 were left. According to both the Eastern and Mediterranean Traditions, these 5 submitted to God and were allowed to establish sacred cities in His honor! They were ancestors of the Lunar Dynasty Incarnation / Descent of Sri Krishna-Balarama.

The Subartu / Spartoi Satrapas/Kshatriyas were Anguiped (Erechtids) from WARKA (Uruk), who worshiped Ananta Sesha Naga. They wore Naga tattoos and were identified with the Naga Dynasty worshipers of Sri Balarama as Ananta Sesha Naga. Anantadeva as Sesha the ‘Serpent of Infinity’ was also the Giant Egyptian Cobra Who held-up the Earth in Mar’s Grove, before Atlas took over the job! He was the Seraphic Nahustan of the Old Testament, the Lord of the lost Jewish City IR-NACHASH, the City of the Mystical Serpent, NAGA-PUR!

In the Greek Bible Septuagint-related Apocryphal Books of the Maccabees it is recorded that the Spartoi are related to the Hebrews (Israelites and Judahites), and that the Greek Spartans (who were Helios worshipers), belonged to Religious Alliances with the faithful Jewish heroes of the ‘Old Testament’ of the Bible!

The Arkalochori Axe has symbols from the famous Phaistos Disc on it. “One of the most famous Minoan votive double axe is the Arkalochori Axe dated in the second millenium B.C. This axe was excavated in the Arkalochori cave on Crete by Spyridon Marinatos. It is notable for being engraved with an inscription of 15 symbols. Some of the symbols may be identified as Linear A characters, while others are reminiscent of those found on the Phaistos Disc. In particular, the “Mohican” glyph (D02), which is the most frequent character of the Phaistos Disc, appears on the axe inscription both in profile and face-on.” Andrea Salimbeti

The important thing to note is that specific elements of the Traditions of the Family / Dynasty of Sri Krishna and that of the Biblical Messianic Royalty, including the Biblical Spartoi, tie them together accross their respective Traditions. A careful reading of the Scriptures of the Vaishnavas and the Jews along with interdisciplinary extra-Biblical evidence proves that the Anguiped Spartoi were related to both the Biblical Jews and the Naga-worshiping Dynasty of Sri Krishna-Balarama.

The most persistent symbol of Cadmus is his Double-bitted Axe. Many scholars associate this Axe with the early Minoan Civilization on Crete. The Europa Cow Epic has elements in common with the Kama Dhenu Story and the Vedic-Puranic ‘Challenge Horse’ Ritual. Cadmus and his 5 Spartoi are associated with the founding of great Sacred Heliopolitan POL / PER / YIR (Sanskrit PUR) Cities and Civilizations. Cadmus is also associated with inter-tribal and inter-linguistic interactions in legendary and historical time.

There, in accordance with the instructions of the Lord of the Yadus, the Supreme Personality, the Yadus performed all auspicious rituals with transcendental devotion and everything else that would strengthen them. Then as destined they lost their intelligence drinking from a large supply of sweet tasting maireya [honey-liquor] the ingredients of which overpowered their minds. Among the heroes bewildered by Krishna’s illusory potency arose a terrible quarrel because they intoxicated of the excessive drinking became arrogant. Infuriated they took up their weapons – their bows, swords, bhalla-arrows [arrows with a particular arrowhead] clubs, lances and spears – and fought against each other on the shore. With flying flags riding chariots, elephants and other carriers – asses, camels, bulls, buffaloes, mules and even humans – they most enraged facing one another attacked with arrows, just like elephants who in the forest attack each other with their tusks. With their enmity aroused in the battle fought Pradyumna ferociously against Sâmba, Akrûra against Bhoja, Aniruddha against Sâtyaki, Subhadra against Sangrâmajit, Sumitra against Suratha and the two Gadas [the brother and a son of Krishna] against each other.  Others as well, like Nis’athha, Ulmuka and more lead by Sahasrajit, S’atajit and Bhânu, confronted and killed each other, totally being bewildered by Mukunda (Krishna) and blinded by their intoxication.  Completely letting go of their friendship the Kuntis, the Kukuras, the Visarjanas, the Madhus and Arbudas, Vrishnis and Andhakas, the Bhojas, the Sâtvatas, the Dâs’ârhas and the inhabitants of Mâthura and S’ûrasena slaughtered each other. Relatives bewildered killed relatives and friends friends; sons fought with their fathers and their brothers, nephews with uncles, paternal uncles with maternal uncles and well-wishers with well-wishers. Running out of arrows and with their bows broken and missiles used, they took cane stalks [eraka, see 11.1: 22] in their fists. Those stalks held in their fists turned into iron rods as strong as thunder bolts as they attacked their enemies with them, and even though Krishna tried to stop them, they attacked Him as well. Confounded with their minds turned to killing, they mistook Balarâma for an enemy o King and also raised their weapons against Him.  The Two [of Balarâma and Krishna] then also most furiously joined the fight o son of the Kurus, and began to kill, using the stalks in Their fists as clubs as They moved about in the fight. In the grip of the curse of the brahmins and with their minds clouded by Krishna’s mâyâ, the anger of their rivalry now led to their destruction, just like a fire of bamboos does with a forest.
Srimad Bhagavatam » Canto 11 Chapter 30 The Disappearance of the Yadu-dynasty

The Genealogy of the dynasties known as Yādava, Mādhava and Vṛṣṇi had their origin from Yadu, Madhu and Vṛṣṇi. There were 5 survivors of the sons of Kārtavīryārjuna.

SB 9.23.27: Of the one thousand sons of Kārtavīryārjuna, only five remained alive after the fight with Paraśurāma. Their names were Jayadhvaja, Śūrasena, Vṛṣabha, Madhu and Ūrjita.

***************CONTEXT: SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM BBT EDITION

Sage Narada Visits the Yadu Princes Krishna and Balarama

SB 9.23.23: The sons of Bhadrasena were known as Durmada and Dhanaka. Dhanaka was the father of Kṛtavīrya and also of Kṛtāgni, Kṛtavarmā and Kṛtaujā.

SB 9.23.24: The son of Kṛtavīrya was Arjuna. He [Kārtavīryārjuna] became the emperor of the entire world, consisting of seven islands, and received mystic power from Dattātreya, the incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus he obtained the mystic perfections known as asta-siddhi.

SB 9.23.25: No other king in this world could equal Kārtavīryārjuna in sacrifices, charity, austerity, mystic power, education, strength or mercy.

SB 9.23.26: For eighty-five thousand years, Kārtavīryārjuna continuously enjoyed material opulences with full bodily strength and unimpaired memory. In other words, he enjoyed inexhaustible material opulences with his six senses.

SB 9.23.27: Of the one thousand sons of Kārtavīryārjuna, only five remained alive after the fight with Paraśurāma. Their names were Jayadhvaja, Śūrasena, Vṛṣabha, Madhu and Ūrjita.

SB 9.23.28: Jayadhvaja had a son named Tālajańgha, who had one hundred sons. All the kṣatriyas in that dynasty, known as Tālajańgha, were annihilated by the great power received by Mahārāja Sagara from Aurva Ṛṣi.

SB 9.23.29: Of the sons of Tālajańgha, Vītihotra was the eldest. The son of Vītihotra named Madhu had a celebrated son named Vṛṣṇi. Madhu had one hundred sons, of whom Vṛṣṇi was the eldest. The dynasties known as Yādava, Mādhava and Vṛṣṇi had their origin from Yadu, Madhu and Vṛṣṇi.

SB 9.23.30-31: O Mahārāja Parīkṣit, because Yadu, Madhu and Vṛṣṇi each inaugurated a dynasty, their dynasties are known as Yādava, Mādhava and Vṛṣṇi. The son of Yadu named Kroṣṭā had a son named Vṛjinavān. The son of Vṛjinavān was Svāhita; the son of Svāhita, Viṣadgu; the son of Viṣadgu, Citraratha; and the son of Citraratha, Śaśabindu. The greatly fortunate Śaśabindu, who was a great mystic, possessed fourteen opulences and was the owner of fourteen great jewels. Thus he became the emperor of the world.

Gold votive double axe with incised decoration. Neopalatial period. W. 0.05 m. Arkalochori Cave. Monument type : Double axe
Material : Gold
Date : 17th-16th century BC
Archeological Site: Arkalochori

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  1. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, the poetic description of the excessively military sons of Kārtavīryārjuna described them as ‘thorns in the side of Mother Earth’. Now visualize the DRAGON’s TEETH SOWN IN THE GROUND! Obviously the SPARTOI as Dragon’s Teeth were like THORNS in the Side of Mother Earth! What about the way that they were destroyed? A Stone was thrown among the Spartoi, causing them to fight with each other until all but 5 were dead. Picture the Curse of the later Family of Sri Krishna, the Yadus! An iron ball (the Stone) embodied the curse, and due to their excessive combativeness, the Yadus got into a brawl and killed each other with reeds grown from the iron filings of the iron ball that embodied the curse. The excessively combative Spartoi killed eachother. Later the excessively combative Yadus killed each other. A stone or iron ball caused the killing. 5 were left. According to both the Eastern and Mediterranean Traditions, these 5 submitted to God and were allowed to establish sacred cities in His honor! They were ancestors of the Lunar Dynasty Incarnation / Descent of Sri Krishna-Balarama.

    The Subartu / Spartoi Satrapas/Kshatriyas were Anguiped (Erechtids) from WARKA (Uruk), who worshiped Ananta Sesha Naga. They wore Naga tattoos and were identified with the Naga Dynasty worshipers of Sri Balarama as Ananta Sesha Naga. Anantadeva as Sesha the ‘Serpent of Infinity’ was also the Giant Egyptian Cobra Who held-up the Earth in Mar’s Grove, before Atlas took over the job! He was the Seraphic Nahustan of the Old Testament, the Lord of the lost Jewish City IR-NACHASH, the City of the Mystical Serpent, NAGA-PUR!

    In the Greek Bible Septuagint-related Apocryphal Books of the Maccabees it is recorded that the Spartoi are related to the Hebrews (Israelites and Judahites), and that the Greek Spartans (who were Helios worshipers), belonged to Religious Alliances with the faithful Jewish heros of the ‘Old Testament’ of the Bible!

  2. I have recently read an article by Brannon Parker that explores the possibility that the Biblical Deity by the Name Hadad (Adad or Ramman) was Parasu-Rama, the axe-wielding slayer of the excessively combative Kings of the Lunar Dynasty of Sri Krishna’s Ancestors.

    While doing my Master’s Degree research, under the late Dr. J. Stillson Judah, Emeritus Prof. and Head of the Library of Graduate Theological Union, I studied the history of Indic Vaishnavism and especially Krishna-Vishnu worship. The word ‘Vaishnava’ did not exist, but the worshipers of Krishna-Vishnu were called names like Bhagavata, Vrishni, Yadu, Yadava, Abiras and the names of other specific peoples/tribes people and places associated with Krishna-Vishnu. Significantly the people who worshiped Rama and/or Krishna-Vishnu were also generally called HARI / ARYA-related names like Arya, Hari-jana, Haryana or Sura-gana. Identifying the Vaishnava Vishnu-worshipers as the staunch Monotheists of the Indic Civilization, they were also called the EKANTINS, the worshipers of EKA-NATHA the ONE (EKA) LORD (NATHA)! Compare NOUTI ‘Lord’ in Egyptian Coptic Bibles with NATHA ‘Lord’ in Sanskrit.

    Please compare the Hebrew Name for the One God ECHAD and the Sanskrit EKA / ONE Name of Sri Krishna-Vishnu! Compare the Theophoric Name of the famous HERU-AUSU-ATEN worshiping monotheistic Pharaoh of Egypt, Akhen-Aten. Does this Theophoric Name mean ‘One (EKAN) Atman (Soul/Self)’? If so, it declares the core belief of the Param-Atman worshiping Pharaoh. The HERU-AUSU-ATUM Trinity (Pure Land Buddhist Tri-Kaya) of much earlier Heliopolis included the all-pervasive ‘Hidden’ Form of Heru-Ausu (Hari-Vasudeva) by the Name of ‘Atum’, ATM/N (D=T, M=N). The worship of this ‘hidden’ HAP-AMUN omnipresent all-pervasive Form of HERU-AUSU-ATUM/N was what was revived by Akhen-Aten, whose worship of ATUM/N has been labled ATEN-ISM in modern times. The Heru-Ausu-Atum/n worship of much earlier Heliopolis was simply revived by Akhen-Aten as Aten worship.

    The early Heliopolitan HERU-AUSU-ATUM worship among the Biblical Semites was ELI-YAHU-ADON worship. In the East the same Religion was the worship of the Vishnos tu Trini Rupani, the One Lord EKA-NATHA, HARI-VASU-ATMAN, Krishna-Vishnu-Param-Atma(n). He, EKA NATHA was worshiped by the EKANTINS or EKA-NATHANS, who were the Vedic Monotheists of the earliest Indic Civilization. As all of the Vedic ‘gods’ were ‘born’ from the Self-Sacrifice of the Cosmic Purusha (Egyptian PER-AUSU of AUSAR/OSIRIS), the PURUSHA / PER-AUSU (Greek Polieus), the Adi PURUSHA was the Original and Supreme Deity. In Egypt the PER-AUSU Name of the Incarnation King was his PHARAOH Name. Thus Egyptian Heliopolitan Sacred Kings of PER-AUSU (the Egyptian PHARAOHs), and the Heleno-Semitic POLIEUS Kings and the Indic PURUSHA Kings were all related through their worship of HERU-AUSU-ATUM / ELI-YAHU-ADON / HARI-VASU-ATMAN.

    This explains numerous cross-cultural connections in the ancient World, including those in-common elements found in the Cadmus-Danaus-Aegyptus round of legends (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadmus ,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danaus , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aegyptus ), and those in the Vaishnava Scriptures like the Srimad Bhagavatam.

    Please note that these wiki entries are very deficient, but I have included them as a starting point to prompt my readers’ futher investigation.

    My own thesis is that the tyrant kings killed by Parasu-Rama were related to the Spartoi slain through the agency of Cadmus of the Double Axe. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparto%C3%AD ) Cadmus is associated with the founding of Heliopolitan Sacred Cities. Cretan Civilization is associated with the Double Axe of Cadmus. Are Cadmus, Hadad and Parasu-Rama the same? Have they been confounded? Do they merely share some common or archetypal symbolism and theological elements?

    My interdisciplinary studies have confirmed connections between the Cadmus Round of Stories, the Greek Spartoi, the Jews of the Biblical Apocrypha and Parasu-Rama. The wiki entries do mention that the Subartu were associated with the Hurrians, that they had been repeatedly enslaved, that they had become a warlike people, and that they were originally herdsmen. The Spartoi (Spartans) were famously a militaristic class of their tribe, anti-slavery and the liberators of slaves. (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subartu ) The Greek State of Sparta was a haven for runaway slaves and Sparta was resented by all of the regional slave-holding countries as a sanctuary for escaped slaves and the refuge from which countless slave-rebellions were plotted. By studying the history of the ancient Subartu, the Hurrians (the Habbatu and Subareans), the Spartoi, the Heliopolitan Religious Federations, Biblical Lineages, and the Families in Greater India associated with the worship of Krishna-Vishnu, a comprehensive picture of ancient history emerges.

    Since the axe-wielding Hadad is a Form of the Jewish God ELI-YAHU (Egyptian HERU-AUSU, Vaishnava HARI-VASU) it is plausible that Hadad-Rimmon / Ramman has connections-to Cadmus as Parasu-Rama.

    I am looking forward to the publication of Brannon Parker’s Book, which is his own exploration of some of the main cross-cultural symbols and hieroglyphs etc. of God / HARI-VASU-ATMAN that I have studied for the last 40 + years.

  3. …Also see Hurrians http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurrians

    and “Subarean” (Hurrian )
    http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?search=Subareans&title=Special%3ASearch&fulltext=1
    Gutian language
    period presumably originating from the city of Emar p.13, which also lists Akkadian , Amorite , Sutean , “Subarean” (Hurrian ), and Elamite . …
    Sutean language
    The other languages are Akkadian , Amorite , Gutian , “Subarean” (Hurrian ), and Elamite . The Sutean people may have lived in the region …

  4. Great Work and research. I hope lot of Hindus and others read this. Specially our new generation who is getting list in western culture.

  5. TYPO FOUND: The wiki article above should read (corrected word in CAPS)…..

    “Cadmus arrived in Thebes, Greece after following a cow at the urging of the oracle at Delphi, who instructed him to FOUND a city wherever the cow should stop.

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