What are two myths of two different origins (non-Greek) that relate to any Greek myth and how is it similar?I'm looking for two different myths (Not Greek) that are similar or related to any Greek...

What are two myths of two different origins (non-Greek) that relate to any Greek myth and how is it similar?

I'm looking for two different myths (Not Greek) that are similar or related to any Greek myths. For example, "The Frog Who Became Emperor" (Chinese myth) relates to Hephastus (Greek myth) because of the protagonist who started as nothing but eventually came to power. I need two different non-Greek myths of different origins. Thank you !

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In the Indian epic, the Ramayana, we find a scene that reminds me of Homer's Odyssey. In the Ramayana, the person who marries Sita must be able to pick up Shiva's bow and string it. Rama does so and becomes her husband. Similarly, in Odyssey 21, Penelope declares that she will become the wife of the man who strings her husband Odysseus' bow and shoots an arrow through a series of ax-rings.

Well come now, my Suitors, your prize stands here before you, clear to see. Godlike Odysseus’ mighty bow is the test. Whoever makes the best attempt at stringing the bow and shooting an arrow through the rings of a dozen axes, with that man I will go..." (A.S. Kline translation)

Of course, Odysseus himself is secretly present and he emerges from the crowd to string the bow.

Another story with parallels in Greek mythology occurs in the Old Testament. The story of Joseph's encounter with Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39 bears a number of similarities to the story of Hippolytus and Phaedra (see especially Euripides' Hippolytus or Seneca's Phaedra). Both stories involve a married woman making an indecent proposal to a young nobleman. In both stories, the young man rejects the sexual advances. In both stories, the woman claims that the young man tried to assault her sexually; and in both stories the young man experiences some sort of punishment.

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