A history of parallel flood myths around the world

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A history of parallel flood myths around the world

The story tells how the god Enki warns Ziusudra meaning "he saw life," in reference to the gift of immortality given him by the godsof the gods' decision to destroy mankind in a flood—the passage describing why the gods have decided this is lost.

Enki instructs Ziusudra also known as Atrahasis to build a large boat—the text describing the instructions is also lost. After which he is left to repopulate the earth, as in many other flood legends. After a flood of seven days, Zi-ud-sura makes appropriate sacrifices and prostrations to An sky-god and Enlil chief of the godsand is given eternal life in Dilmun the Sumerian Eden by An and Enlil.

Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh In the Babylonian Epic of Gilgamesh, toward the end of the He who saw the deep version by Sin-liqe-unninni, there are references to the great flood tablet This was a late addition to the Gilgamesh cycle, largely paraphrased or copied verbatim from the Epic of Atrahasis The hero Gilgamesh, seeking immortality, searches out Utnapishtim in Dilmun, a kind of paradise on earth.

Utnapishtim tells how Ea equivalent of the Sumerian Enki warned him of the gods' plan to destroy all life through a great flood and instructed him to build a vessel in which he could save his family, his friends, and his wealth and cattle.

After the Deluge the gods repented their action and made Utnapishtim immortal. Jewish The best-known version of the Jewish deluge legend is contained in the Book of Genesis Genesis 6—9. Two non-canonical books, the Enoch and Jubilees, both later than Genesis, contain elaborations on the Genesis story.

Genesis tells how " And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am grieved that I have made them.

After Noah builds the ark, "all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened". Rain falls for 40 days, the water rises days, and all the high mountains are covered.

On the 27th of Cheshvan of the year from Creation "the earth dried" Genesis 8: The ark rests on the mountains, the water recedes for days, until the waters are gone and Noah opens up the ark. At this point Noah sends out a raven and then a dove to see if the flood waters have receded.

Noah and the animals leave the ark, Noah offers a sacrifice to God, and God places a rainbow in the clouds as a sign that he will never again destroy the Earth by water.

The apocryphal 2nd century BCE 1st Book of Enoch adds to the Genesis flood story by saying that God sent the Great Flood to rid the earth of the Nephilim, the titanic children of the Grigori, the "sons of God" mentioned in Genesis, and of human females.

Islamic The Quran tells a similar story to the Judeo-Christian Genesis flood story, the major differences being only Noah and few believers from the laity enter the ark. Noah's son one of four and his wife refused to enter the ark thinking they will manage the flood by himself.

The Quranic ark comes to rest on Mount Judi, traditionally identified with a mountain near Mosul in modern Iraq; the name appears to derive from the local name of the Kurdish people, although this is not certain.

China There are many sources of flood legends in ancient Chinese literature. Some appear to refer to a worldwide deluge but most versions record only a regional flood: Shujing, or "Book of History", probably written around BCE or earlier, states in the opening chapters that Emperor Yao is facing the problem of flood waters that "reach to the Heavens".

This is the backdrop for the intervention of the famous Da Yu, who succeeded in controlling the floods.

A history of parallel flood myths around the world

He went on to found the first Chinese dynasty. There are many versions of this legend. The ancient Chinese civilization concentrated at the bank of Yellow River near present day Xian also believed that the severe flooding along the river bank was caused by dragons representing gods living in the river being angered by the mistakes of the people.

India According to the Matsya Purana and Shatapatha Brahmana I-8,the mantri to the king of pre-ancient Dravida, Satyavata who later becomes known as Manu was washing his hands in a river when a little fish swam into his hands and begged him to save its life.

He put it in a jar, which it soon outgrew; he successively moved it to a tank, a river and then the ocean. The fish then warned him that a deluge would occur in a week that would destroy all life. Manu therefore built a boat which the fish towed to a mountaintop when the flood came, and thus he survived along with some "seeds of life" to re-establish life on earth.

Hindu religious tradition holds the Bhagavata Purana to be one of the works of Vyasa written at the beginning of Kali Yuga. Andaman Islands In legends of the aboriginal tribes inhabiting the Andaman Islands people became remiss of the commands given to them at the creation.

Puluga, the god creator, ceased to visit them and then without further warning sent a devastating flood. Only four people survived this flood: When they landed they found they had lost their fire and all living things had perished.

Puluga then recreated the animals and plants but does not seem to have given any further instructions, nor did he return the fire to the survivors.Book Summary from my son: Parallel Myths, by J.F Bierlein is a book about ancient myths.

The stories come from the Ancient Greeks, Aztecs, Ancient Indians, and from many other people and places. These stories are cultural folktales based on not only religion but on moral stories/5.

The many flood myths are retellings of the real event that have been distorted through centuries of passing down information. The earliest records of the event .

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Flood myths are common across a wide range of cultures, extending back into Bronze Age and Neolithic prehistory. These accounts depict a flood, sometimes global in scale, usually sent by a deity or deities to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution.

Flood myths are so universal that the Hungarian psychoanalyst Geza Roheim thought their origins were physiological, not historical — hypothesizing that dreams of the Flood came when humans were.

While flood myths are common to practically every culture on the planet, they differ significantly in detail. This article describes hundreds of flood myths originating from cultures all over the globe.

The Genesis Flood—Not Just Another Legend Biblical Worldview. by Troy Lacey and Lee Anderson, Jr. on October 1, but appropriate for true history. As it relates to the Flood, Anyone who accuses the Bible of repeating “just another flood myth” needs to take a closer look at the flood myths from around the world.

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