Or maybe an Egyptian myth
If Kimba and Hamlet are not enough sources of inspiration, the lion king also carries resemblance to Osirian family myths of Egyptian mythologies. There, again, the protagonist’s father, who’s also the king, is killed by his resentful brother. The father’s ghost again appears to his son in a dream, and the latter emerges on a journey to avenge his father’s death. How original.
Who’s to say what was the real inspiration for The Lion King? It seems that this plot line of the dead father and the heroic adventurous son is one that all cultures can relate with.