Thursday – Jupiter’s Day, Brihaspati’s Day Rather Than Thor’s Day

It is Thursday – Jupiter’s Day ; or, in the Hindu reckoning, Brihaspati’s Day.

Now, there is an obvious disconnect here between Thursday as Thor’s Day … and the day being regarded as the Day of the Thundering Sky Father. This is due to the Interpretatio Romana framework as wielded by post-Christianization figures having some … difficulties when it encountered the Germanic mythology. Thor is not Jupiter – Thor would, more properly speaking, be Herakles (or, if we are being Latinate, Hercules), Indra, Hanuman, etc. – the Indo-European Striker/Thunderer Deific.

That is to say – the Sky Father’s Son.

Jupiter, in other words, is the Father of the Figure that currently bears the day’s name in much of the modern world.

Now some may point toward the obvious Thunder point and suggest that this in fact supports a co-identification of Thor with Jupiter. It does not. Nobody EVER said that only one Deity was allowed to wield nor cause Thunder. In the Nordic/Germanic sphere, after all, we have Odin prominently hailed as Þundr. We have Rudra wielding the Vajra [RV II 33 3: शरेष्ठो जातस्य रुद्र शरियासि तवस्तमस्तवसां वज्रबाहो | ], as does Brihaspati [but, then, I repeat myself – for Brihaspati Is Rudra]. And for that matter, we also have in the Greek schema – mighty Athena along with Zeus being able to wield that particular unstoppable Thunderbolt force and come arrayed with the full panoply of the Storm.

And on that last point, because I really like quoting it .. from Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Fall of Troy:

“She donned the stormy Aigis flashing far, adamantine, massy, a marvel to the Gods, whereon was wrought Medusa’s ghastly head, fearful: strong serpents breathing forth the blast of ravening fire were on the face thereof. Crashed on the Queen’s breast all the Aigis-links, as after lightning crashes the firmament. Then grasped She Her father’s weapons, which no God save Zeus can lift, and wide Olympos shook. Then swept She clouds and mist together on high; night over earth was poured, haze o’er the sea. Zeus watched, and was right glad as broad heaven’s floor rocked ‘neath the Goddess’s feet, and crashed the sky, as though invincible Zeus rushed forth to war.”

Anyway – the point is, while it is not hard to see how the the post-Christianization Romans managed to misalign the Germanic and the Classical Indo-European mythologies, because the major ‘Striker/Thunderer’ figure of the latter had lost many of the more overt ‘Thunder’ characteristics (Herakles wields a tree-branch as a club, or in some more archaic depictions, a Harpe [Sword] – perhaps akin to the Adamantium one that turns up elsewhere in the Greek mythos, cognizant of ‘Vajra’ too as meaning ‘Unbreakable’) …

… With the application of the proper comparative Indo-European theological analysis – we can see once more the true underlying typology for the circumstance.

Now to speak but briefly to the sculpture in question – it’s apparently a rather modern piece, finished in 1838. We can see the space in the hand where the Spear-Shaft of the Thunderbolt [the World-Spear – a common iconographic element of the Indo-European Sky Father Deific] is to be held.

And we can also see the Eagle – the frequently encountered emblemantic ensign of the Sky Father deific, even a Form of Him (c.f Agni as Shyena – a Raptor; Odin’s various Eagle associated conceptry, etc.); with the Thunderbolt between His talons.

The Past, it seems, Always Shines Through. Eventually.

Hail to the Indo-European Sky Father (And Also To His Striker/Thunderer Son)

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