Hanumant as Jellyfish

Hanumant's tail caught fire, and (without his being harmed thereby) it burned the towns in Lanka.

Jellyfishes' tail-like tenacles are able kill fishes with an extreme burning-effect (caused by the strong alkali secreted by the tenacles).

Hanumant convinced the other monkeys to build, in order to cross the sea, a floating bridge of pumice.

Some jellyfishes (particularly the Portuguese man-of-war) float on the surface of the sea.

In the Ramayan.a Hanuman often expands or contracts his body … . … He is called kamarupin (Ram 5.5.1), one who has the ability to change his form at will.” (S-P, p. 197) This is considered (S-P, pp. 197-8) to be related to the rejuvenation (returning from old age to youth) of Cyavana by the divine-twins the physicians the As`vinau.

A certain jellyfish species is useful for “regenerative medicine” : by the process of “transdifferentiation”, after maturing it is able “to reverse the process before eventually becoming a polyp again. From this point then, it can again develop into a sexually mature medusa”. It is able to “reverse it’s aging to become young again”, thus enabling us to “reverse our aging like Turritopsis has been able to do.” (“IJPC”)

S-P = Frederick M. Smith : The Self-Possessed : Deity and Spirit Possession in South Asian Literature and Civilization. Columbia U Pr, NY, 2006.

IJPC” = “Immortal Jellyfish Provides Clues for Regenerative Medicine” http://singularityhub.com/2011/04/25/immortal-jellyfish-provides-clues-for-regenerative-medicine/