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BRAHMA

Real Name: Brahma Prajapati

Occupation: Ruler of the Hindu Gods, god of creation, magic and wisdom, patron god of Brahmins

Legal Status: Citizen of Nirvana

Identity: The general populace of earth is unaware of Brahmaís existence except as a mythological character.

Other Aliases: Brahma the Creator, Vohu Manah (Persian name), Purusha, Prajapati, Kamalasana, Narayana,

Place of Birth: Unrevealed

Marital Status: Married

Known Relatives: Prajapati (possible father, deceased), Gaea (mother, alias Ammavaru), Shiva, Vishnu (brothers), Sata-Rupa (first wife), Manu (son), Sarasvati (second wife), Vach (daughter), Adharma (son), Lakshmi, Parvati, Ganga, Uma, Yamuna (sisters-in-law), Ganehsa, Skanda, Kama (nephews), Kali (niece/sister-in-law)

Group Affiliation: The Hindu Gods, The Council of God-Kings

Base of Operations: Nirvana

First Appearance: Thor I #301

History: Brahma is a member of an extra-dimensional race of beings known as the Daevas, a race of beings who were worshipped as gods by the people of Ancient India. His exact origins are unknown, but according to ancient Dravidian myth, he is the son of the ancient earth-goddess, Ammavaru, who may be the primeval earth-goddess Gaea. According to myth, she laid a great egg from which sprang Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma and his brothers used the top of the egg to create the sky and the bottom half the earth itself. In the Vedic pantheon, Gaea was known as Aditi, the earth mother, and progenitor of the Adityas, the Vedic Gods.

Brahma was also considered the reincarnation of their ancient ancestor, Purusha, a being synonymous with Ouranus of the Greeks and Atum-Re of the Egyptians. Brahma was known under that name as well as Prajapati, Purusha as the husband of Gaea in her role as the Brahmanic mother-goddess, Prakriti. He was also described as self-existent and the embodiment of eternity in Hinduism and father of all members of the Brahman caste.

Brahma often challenged and contested his superiority over his brothers. When Brahma committed incest with Sandhya, a daughter of Shiva, she fled from him in the form of a deer. Brahma pursued her in the form of a stag and was shot by an arrow from Shiva protecting his daughter. Daksha, one of Brahmaís sons, had petitioned for the release of his father by offering his daughter, Sati, as a wife to Shiva who consented. Daksha, however, reneged on the deal and refused to encourage Sati to marry Shiva. (In some myths, Daksha is the son of Prachetas, one of the Adityas, the ancestors of the Hindu gods.)

Brahma soon fell in love with the goddess Sata-Rupa and grew up to five faces to look upon her beauty, but Shiva destroyed one of these faces. As the divine god in the Brahman Religion, Brahma once dared to suggest he was more powerful than Vishnu, but Shiva appeared to them both in such force that they both had to admit to his supremacy.

Brahma eventually married the river-goddess, Sarasvati. She gave birth to Vach, goddess of speech, and Adharma, god of prayer. Traditionally, in some myths, she is his second wife, but in others, she is the reincarnation of Sata-Rupa.

Brahma and the other Devas were often at war with the Rakshasas, a race of demonic entities for control of heaven and eventually defeated them. The defeat of the Rakshasas resulted in them being exiled into the underworld of Patala as well as a general end to worship of the Vedic gods and prominence of the ascendant Hindu religion developed out of the altered Vedic faith. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva could not agree who should lead the new order of gods and eventually chose to share their powers equally as co-leaders of the Hindu Pantheon. This co-leadership of deities was known as the Hindi Trimurtri with Brahma arbitrating many of his brothersí decisions as the balance between creation and destruction. Together, they arbitrated the decision to volunteer the life energies to restore the Asgardians after their defeat battling the Celestials.

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva also served roles in the Council Elite, a loose gathering of the godheads of all of Earthís pantheons of gods who often gathered to share wisdom and knowledge against threats to Earth. They had originally gathered to discuss the threat of the Fourth Host of the Celestials, but they also gathered to discuss the threat of Thanos in control of the Infinity Gauntlet and the potential threat of Circe and Akhenaton to their perspective realms. When Odin of the Asgardian gods fell in battle against Surtur, Shiva and the other Council members called Thor before them Council Elite to be tested as a worthy replacement for Odin. Brahma was present at this meeting, but Thor was judged as unworthy of taking Odinís place in the Council.

In recent years, Brahma and the Hindu Gods united with Zeus and the Olympian gods against the Titan Cronus attempting to destroy their respective pantheons. The survivors of each devastated pantheon were rallied by Wonder Woman against Cronus and joined forces to once again imprison him in the underworld.

Height: 7' 2"
Weight: 475 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black

Unusual Physical Features: In his true godly form, Brahma has four arms and red skin.

Strength Level: Brahma possesses superhuman strength to an unknown degree. He could possess Class 100 level strength enabling him to lift (press) over 100 tons under optimal conditions.

Known Superhuman Powers: Brahma possesses the conventional physical attributes of the Hindu gods. Like all Daevas, he is extremely long-lived, but he is not immortal like the gods of Olympus. He has aged at an extremely slow rate since reaching adulthood and cannot die by any conventional means. He is immune to all Earthly diseases and is resistant to conventional injury. If he were somehow wounded, his godly life force would enable him to recover with superhuman speed. It would take an injury of such magnitude that it dispersed a major portion of his bodily molecules to cause him a physical death. Even then, it might be possible for a god of significant power, such as Vishnu, Shiva and Ormazd or for a number of Hindu gods of equal power working together to revive him. Brahma also possesses superhuman strength and his Deva metabolism provides him with far greater than human endurance in all physical activities. (Deva flesh and bone is about three times as dense as similar human tissue, contributing to the superhuman strength and weight of the Hindu gods.)

Brahma also has incredible prowess in the mystical arts, enabling him to tap into and manipulate mystical, cosmic and elemental energies of the universe. his exact level of power is unknown, but it is known that he at least measures up to gods like Vishnu, Shiva, Odin and Zeus, the Elders of the Universe and quasi-entities as Eternity and the Living Tribunal. He has extra-ordinary clairvoyance on a nearly omniscient level as well as the ability change his form, conjure infinite energies and to perceive possible futures with far more likelihood than any Earthly psychic or mystic. His full extent of powers though are unrevealed.

Pets/Transportation: Brahma is credited with riding Hamsa, a great cosmic goose, across the sky.

Comments: Ammavaru is an ancient Dravidian earth-goddess comparable to the Olympian Rhea. In Vedic myth, she has been described as the mother of Vishnu, Brahma and Shiva.

In Balinese Hinduism, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva were three aspects of one deity named Sang Hyang Wasa, a being so great he could not attain a human form.  

This bio pretty much involves Brahma has he has appeared in the Marvel and DC Universes.

CLARIFICATIONS: Brahma is not to be confused with:

 

Last updated: 04/18/07

 

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