Sages (Myths and Legends of the World)
A sage is a wise or holy figure, often an older man, who possesses insight or understanding beyond that of ordinary people. In myths and legends, sages serve as guardians of special knowledge, helpers or advisers to heroes, and examples of wisdom, virtue, and goodness.
Many mythical sages live in deep forests, on mountaintops, or in other places that are withdrawn from the world. Some are divine beings or In Hindu religion and mythology wise and powerful sages are called rishis. The constellation of the Great Bear or Big Dipper in the night sky is said to consist of the seven greatest rishis. Other sages appear in Hindu epics.long poem about legendary or historical heroes, written in a grand style According to tradition, a sage named Vyasa, who lived in forests and caves around 1500 B.C., wrote the epic the Mahabharata.
Other cultures also have legendary sages in groups of seven, which is considered a sacred or lucky number in many traditions. In China, the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove were poets and scholars who abandoned court life for a country retreat. The Seven Sages of Greece were men noted in the ancient Mediterranean world for their wisdom. Among them were a scientist, a lawmaker, and several of the arts.
Some legendary sages, such as King Solomon of ancient Israel, became known...
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