30. Some Scholars See Shiva as a Hindu Version of Dionysus
Dionysus was the Greek god of pleasure, the grape harvest, wine, ecstasy, theater, and ritual madness. He was seen as androgynous, similar to Shiva, who is often depicted as half-man, half-woman. The two gods have much in common, leading some scholars to suggest that they developed in tandem with each other via trade routes in which people from Greek civilization encountered those of the Indus Valley.