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Vendhya is a country of the Hyborian Age.

Geography[]

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History and politics[]

Vendhya, more than anything else, resembles Vedic India. It is the cradle and stronghold of Asura worship. "Asura" is the Indian version of the Persian "Ahura", as in Ahura Mazda, father of the god Mithra (Mitra in the Indian version). This cult has spread westwards and is present for a long time, albeit often persecuted, in the Hyborian lands. In Aquilonia, Asura's followers find a protector in King Conan.

In the days of King Kull, a sage named Raamaa had much the same role as later Epimetrius the Sage to the Hyborians. The Hindu deity Rama, an earthly avatar of Vishnu the Preserver, was allegedly born in historical Ayodya - which is also the name of the capital of Vendhya. In the Kull story "The Altar and the Scorpion", the scorpion is a symbol for good. The one tradition where the scorpion is viewed favorably is in Buddhism, originally from India = Vendhya. There, a scorpion with its raised stinger is seen as the image of a spiritual warrior wielding the sword of truth. Perhaps Kaa-uu, spoken of in "By This Axe, I Rule!", is an old name of Vendhya.

The Serpent Men are probably based on the Nagas, wise and often good serpent-like beings from Indian (Vendhya) mythology. These creature live under lakes, like the apparently-passive Serpent Men whom Kull encounters and befriends in "Delcardes' Cat". There, he learns how his earlier view was highly one-sided.

Population and culture[]

We have very little in this section just yet. You can help Conan Wiki by adding something. Vendhyans are brown-skinned as in Vedic India. In the only Howard story which takes place in Vendhya, "The People of the Black Circle", no caste-system is mentioned.

Stories set in Vendhya[]

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Characters from Vendhya[]

  • Bunda Chand: The young king of Vendhya, murdered by magical means by the black seers of Mount Yimsha on behalf of King Yezdigerd of Turan.
  • Yasmina: The proud, brave, wise, warm-hearted, young, and beautiful queen (devi) of Vendhya. She's the sister and successor of Bunda Chand. With Conan's help, she takes her revenge against the black seers. Probably, she is highly motivated to continue like this.
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