Scholars are of the opinion that the Etruscans were a seafaring people from Asia Minor. As early as 1200 B.C. they were living in Italy covering an area equivalent to modern Tuscany. They later embraced a large part of western Italy, including Rome. They were the forebearers of the Romans and lived in this region up to the beginning of their Roman conquest in 300 B.C.
The Romans intentionally obliterated the memories of this great civilization. The Etruscans vanished from recorded history, leaving behind them a vast treasure of sculpture with largely un-deciphered inscriptions, paintings and artifacts.
In the Etruscan legend, the twins are raised by a she-wolf in the forest, but that probably emerges from a confusion between the Sanskrit terms 'rishi' (ऋषि) which means a 'sage' and the Sanskrit 'vriki' (वृकी) which means a 'she-wolf'. The fame of Sri Rama had already traversed west from India by the time of the Etruscans. A treasure trove of Etrsucan paintings bears out this argument.
Here is a look at the Etruscan paintings, artefacts and sketches. First a look at this sketch which has had historians baffled. If ever a picture spoke a thousand words, this is the one:
|An Etruscan sketch that has baffled western historians...|
|.. and the Ramayana painting that|
decodes the Etruscan sketch....
In one shot the Etruscan sketch, which for sure depicts Sri Rama, Sita and Lakshmana establishes that the fame and influence of Sri Rama was powerful enough to have reached the Western horizon. Throughout the Ramayana, Sri Rama is addressed as 'arya' (आर्य) , Sanskrit for 'the noble one'. There never was an 'Aryan' race. It was the aryan culture and customs, that travelled from India towards the West as it did towards the Far-east, along with the emigrants.
Sri Rama was born in Ayodhya in India not a year later than 5118 BC. The exact planetary positions at the time of his birth, recorded in the Valmiki Ramayana, have not occurred in the skies since 5118 BC - as proven by the Nasa Planetarium Software. For more on this subject click here.
There is more evidence that proves that the influence of Sri Rama and Indian ethos and culture had reached Etruria. The following painting of the Etruscan God 'Typhon' looks like another representation of Hanuman flying down Mount Rishabha from the Himalayas, on which grew the wonderful life restoring herb - the 'sanjivini bhuti'.
|Sri Hanuma of Ramayana flies|
down Mt. Rishabha
An Etruscan artefact depicts the scene of Sugreeva and Bali, the two vanara or monkey- chiefs, with Tara who was the wife of Bali:
|An ancient Etruscan vase depicts Sugreeva|
and Bali, the monkey-chiefs vie for Tara
|The twins Luv and Kush and|
the 'asvamedha yagya' horse
of the Ramayana
|This Etruscan sketch has been interpreted with the|
help of Ramayana. Kaushalya and Kaikeyi,
the two queens of King Dasratha share the
payasam or potion with Sumitra.
The features of the Etruscan men and women, especially their large eyes, and the attire were distinctly Asian as is evident from the many paintings and sculpture artifacts of the time.
|The large eyes are a feature of|
Hindu Gods and Goddesses
|The covered head and the sari like garment|
has Hindu influence
|Notice the sari like attire in this Etruscan painting|
|In this Etruscan sculpture the attire is Indian |
and so is the posture of the dancer/performer
As was common to most ancient civilizations, cremation of the dead was the accepted form of the disposal of the body. It was post the advent of Christianity that cremation was rejected along with other Pagan customs.
|Sri Garuda, the winged Hindu God.|
The garuda Purana describes the funeral
ceremony and the after world.
1. The Etruscan Civilization