The term Prajapati means Lord of Citizens or Humans,the First Being. Indian texts speak of the First Man or Being extensively in Ancient texts of India called Puranas.
The featured image at the top of the post is Phanes God of Creation in Greek.
‘Prajapati ( प्रजापति) is a compound of “praja” (creation, procreative powers) and “pati” (lord, master).The term means “lord of creatures”,or “lord of all born beings”.In the later Vedic texts, Prajapati is a distinct Vedic deity, but whose significance diminishes.Later, the term is synonymous with other gods, particularly Brahma or Vishnu or Shiva. Still later, the term evolves to mean any divine, semi-divine or human sages who create something new.
The names of the Prajapatis vary. However it is generally accepted as one who has descended from Brahma The Creator.
Variously named and identified and Daksha,Savitr,… are the Prajapatis.
- A list of twenty one includes Rudra, Manu, Daksha, Bhrigu, Dharma, Tapa, Yama, Marici, Angiras, Atri, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Vasishtha, Parameshti, Surya, Chandra, Kardama, Krodha and Vikrita.
- A list of sixteen found in the Ramayana includes Angiras, Arishtanemi, Atri, Daksha, Kardama, Kashyapa, Kratu, Marichi, Prachetas, Pulaha, Pulastya, Samshraya, Shesha, Sthanu, Vikrita and Vivasvan.
- A list of ten includes Marichi, Angiras, Atri, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, Vasishtha, Daksha (or Prachetas), Bhrigu and Narada..’
- And there is a little uncertainty about who the first Human being is.
It may be noted that, contrary to what we think Time is Cyclic and not Linear,World dissolves to come back to Existence again,Human advancement was much more than what we now think,there are N number of Historical Biological Anamolies that force one to rethink our present concepts of Human History.We find now that Dinosaurs coexisted with Humans,non human species mated with Homo sapiens and there are monuments, sites throughout the world that question our present concepts.It is possible that Human Beings were in touch with who are not humans and that they had influenced us.
The First Human Name seems to vary with each Time cycle.This is brought out in the Concept of Manvantaras, a huge Time scale. Each Manvantara had a different Prajapati.Sometimes more than one is noticed and it is accounted by the fact that there is a Time frame where two huge Time scales shift,the transition period called as Yuga Sandhi,the meeting of Yugas.
The concept of first human or Creator is found in All civilizations.However in terms of antiquity the reference in Sanatan Dharma is precedes every other civilization.Therefore I have been looking for reference to Prajapati concepts around the world.
I have found that the early Greek concept of First Human or Prajapati seems to have been derived from Sanatana Dharm.Before the Secularists and Anglophiles in India jump that this is twisting of facts and history, I would like to add, please search Greeks ramanan50.
possible connection between Prajapati (and related figures in Indian tradition) and the Prōtogonos (Ancient Greek: Πρωτογόνος, literally “first-born”) of the Greek Orphic tradition has been proposed:
Protogonos is the Orphic equivalent of Vedic Prajapati in several ways: he is the first god born from a cosmic egg, he is the creator of the universe, and in the figure of Dionysus— a direct descendant of Protogonos—worshippers participate in his death and rebirth.— Kate Alsobrook, The Beginning of Time: Vedic and Orphic Theogonies and Poetics. Reference and citation.
I have written that Dionysus concept is borrowed from Siva.