Ether and Ramayana? Coinbase India Head Explains Unique Connection Between Ethereum and Hindu Mythology – Gadgets 360

Ether and Ramayana? Coinbase India Head Explains Unique Connection Between Ethereum and Hindu Mythology – Gadgets 360

Cryptocurrency and Hindu mythologies, at first glance, may not appear to be even remotely related. However, as per Pankaj Gupta, Vice President and site lead at Coinbase India, that might not be the case. Gupta on Tuesday tweeted an interesting thread about what he described as a “totally random connection” between Ethereum and ancient epic Ramayana. Gupta’s thread is specifically about Ethereum and the monkey army, better known in the country as “vaanar-sena.”

In a series of tweets, the former Google Pay India lead wrote that secure one-way hashing is a critical cryptographic primitive. “It takes as input a variable-length byte array and produces a fixed-length, random output,” he said. Gupta then explained that Ethereum uses the hashing algorithm, Keccak-256, where the output is always 256 bits (32 bytes).

Keccak-256 is not just any other algorithm. It is foundational to Ethereum, he said. Giving an example, Gupta added that an Ethereum address is the “rightmost 20 bytes of the keccak hash” of the public key. “The algorithm was proposed by a team of cryptographic researchers called the Keccak Team,” he wrote.