Symbols {200} ~ Roc

The Roc is a large vulture-like bird that has appeared in literature from across Ancient lands. It is large enough to carry away an elephant and has the coloring of an Eagle. The wing-span measures are fifty to sixty feet long. The day would turn into the night when the Roc flew in the sky. Its great wings covered the sun while it flew. It had pointed teeth and a forked tongue. The Roc would fly high into the sky to let go of its large prey. The animal or man would be dashed on the rocks or ground and die so the Roc could then eat it. It was said that the Roc guarded a large collection of treasures that could only be found by going around the bird.

The Roc first appeared in written form in India around 59 BC. There were Sanskrit Epics that referred to the Roc.

2 thoughts on “Symbols {200} ~ Roc”

  1. Thank you, Dear Amber, for this fascinating post! I am interested in everything about the Indian culture, and it would be wonderful if you knew in which Sanskrit epic this information appeared. Thank you.


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    1. “According to art historian Rudolf Wittkower, the idea of the roc had its origins in the story of the fight between the Indian solar bird Garuda and the chthonic serpent Nāga. The mytheme of Garuda carrying off an elephant that was battling a crocodile appears in two Sanskrit epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana (III.39).

      Blessed, thank you for your valued comment Joanna. Indian culture is absolutely fascinating and resonates on a deep level. 🙏🏻♥️


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