“Ancient World Culture” (SB 2.7.1)

Alachua - 1994 / (049)

Thompson considers the pastimes of Lord Varaha, to help illustrate the cross-cultural similarities shared in a variety of traditional creation accounts. In particular, he compares the “cosmic world disc” that appears in a plethora of ancient accounts, with Puranic descriptions of Bhu-mandala. One important point of similarity involves the cosmic earth disc being immersed within a vast ocean and subsequently lifted by a magical creature. To account for these parallels, Thompson entertains the possibility of an ancient global culture that upheld basic tenets found within Vedic literature.