hi dear ones,
Exotic ancient India
The classic Indian epics such as the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Puranas refer to many Super natural beings, describing them as superhuman or subhuman and close to God. Narrations about these tribes are often mixed with mythology and fiction. These tribes include Gandharvas, Yakshas, Kinnaras, Kimpurushas, Rakshasas, Nagas, Suparnas, Vanaras, Vidyadharas, Valikilyas, Pisachas, Devas (within them Vasus, Rudras, Maruts, Adityas) and Asuras (within them Danavas, Daityas and Kalakeyas.)
Their exotic capabilities included
1. the ability to appear and disappear at will
2. the ability to fly in air, with or without the use of an airborne vehicle
3. the knowledge of aircraft (vimana)
4. the ability to change shape at will (read Shapeshift)
5. the ability to read people’s minds
6. the knowledge of other inhabited planets like the Earth
Gandharvas are described as fierce warriors who could challenge even the great Kshatriya warriors. They were also skilled in art, music and dance.
The name Gandharva could have been derived from the name Gandhara. Ghandarva shtan currently became Pakistan and Afghanistan. The city of Kandahar in Afghanistan is said to have been named after Gandhara.
According to Ramayan Kubera established or rebuilt the kingdom of Lanka (now know as Srilanka) and habitated with Yaksa people. The Yaksas were a tribe living in the area surrounding the Kailasa range of the Himalayas.
They were fierce warriors skilled in horse ride and horse warfare. Some of them were robber tribes who invaded village settlements, by raiding them using their skilled cavalry forces. The myth of Kinnaras probably came from these ferocious warrior tribes, who terrorized the Vedic settlements.
The epic Mahabharata and the Puranas describe, regions north to Himalayas as the abode of Kinnaras. There is now a district named Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh which is thought to be the domain of the Kinnara tribes. People of this district call themselves as Kinnaurs.
Kimpurushas were described to be lion faced beings. Some Puranas consider Kinnaras and Kimpurushas as same while Mahabharata contains passages where Kinnaras and Kimpurushas were considered as two separate groups.
Rakshasas were described to have large bodies, probably due to their continuous life in cold climates over snow-covered mountains. Rakshasas were normal humans who followed a certain religious way (Vyam Raksham, Aggression and Protection of spiritual life) as opposed to Yakshas (Vyam Yaksham, enjoyment and pleasure ignore spiritual pursuits).
Nagas were a group of people spread throughout India during the period of the epic Mahabharata.The demi-god tribe called Suparnas (in which Garuda belonged) were arch-rivals of the Nagas. However, the Nagas near Kashmir seems to be the original abode of all of them. The name of the place Anantnag might be related to this theory. Srinagar, Sri Nag Ghar, holy home of the Saint of Nagas.
The Suparnas (also known as Garudas) were probably the Falcon worshipping or falcon rearing Iranians who conquered the Naga territories of north west India. Yet another view is that Nagas and Garudas were the two rival factions of the same tribe. Mahabharata also support this view since it describes the two races originating from two mothers who were sisters.
Vanaras were a tribe who dwelled within dense forests. During the time of Ramayana, the central part of Indian peninans was covered by a dense forest by the name Dandaka Forest. Some literature describes them as monkeys, some as apes.