Vedic Alphabet - J Picture

Jambavan, as per the earliest Vedic texts, was the first form of man created by the all-father Brahma (see Alphabet B). He had a hairy body and was slight of form. In later depictions however, he began to appear bear-like and that is the form he remains associated with. The wise warrior-king of bears makes an appearance in almost all important storylines spread across the Vedic age and is thus the longest living Chiranjeevi or immortal of Hindu mythology. His most important role is in the Vedic epic Ramayana, where he plays mentor to the monkey god Hanuman (see Alphabet H). Jambavan also appears as Jambuwana in Malay mythology, Zabaman in Burmese and Chomphuphan in Thai.
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