The Great Flood Myth…

For years i have discounted the idea of the Flood, probably because it was linked so heavily to the Bible and all those other apocryphal stories.

Then I happened upon a book called ‘The day the Sky fell‘ by Rand Flem-Ath, and found myself wondering if there wasn’t something in it all along.

Check out some of the versions from other cultures:

Before the Apaches emerged from the underworld, there were other people on the earth. Dios told an old man and old woman that it would rain forty days and nights. People were warned to go to the tops of four mountains (Tsisnatcin, Tsabidzilhi, Becdilhgai, and another whose identity isn’t known) and not to look at the flood or sky. The people didn’t believe the old couple. When the rains came, only a few people made it to the mountain tops and shut their eyes. Those who looked at the flood turned into fish or frogs; if they looked at the sky, they turned into birds. After eighty days, Dios told the 24 people remaining to open their eyes and come down. These 24 people went into mountains. Eight other people survived the flood who were able to travel by looking where they wanted to go, and they were there. These people told the Apaches about the flood before going into two mountains themselves. Around the turn of the millennium, the surface of the earth will again be destroyed, this time by fire.

And from the Aztec:

In the Valley of Mexico there lived a pious man named Tapi. Creator told him to build a boat to live in, to take his wife and a pair of every animal that existed. Neighbors thought he was crazy. As soon as he finished, it began to rain. The valley flooded; men and animals went to mountains, but they were submerged. The rain ended, waters receded, etc. Tapi realized that the flood waters had receded after having sent a dove that did not return. Tapi rejoiced.

Then here from Hindu:

Manu, the first human, saved a small fish from the jaws of a larger fish. After hearing the smaller one beg for protection, Manu kept the fish safe, transferring it to larger and larger containers as it grew, finally returning it to the ocean.

Because of this kindness, the fish returned to warn Manu about an imminent flood and told him to build a boat, stocking it with samples of every species. After the flood waters rose, Manu tied a rope to the fish’s horn. The fish led him to a mountain and told Manu to fasten the ship’s rope to a tree so that it would not drift. He stayed on the mountain (known as Manu’s Descent) while the flood swept away all living creatures. Manu alone survived.

Greco-Roman:

Zeus decided to punish humanity for its evil ways. Other Gods grieved at the destruction because there would be no beings to worship them. Zeus promised a new stock, a race of miraculous origin. He was going to use thunderbolts when he remembered one of Fate’s decrees: that a time would come when sea and earth and dome of the sky would blaze up, and the massive structure of the universe would collapse in ruins. With Poseidon’s help, he caused storm and earthquake to flood every part of the land except the summit of Mount Parnassus. When Zeus crushed the hanging clouds in his hand, there was a loud crash, and sheets of rain fell from heaven. The rivers began rushing to the sea. When Neptune struck the earth with his trident, the rivers raced across the plains. Sea and earth could no longer be distinguished; all was sea without any shores, covering every living being except for one fortunate couple, Deucalion and Pyrrha. Earlier, Deucalion and Pyrrha had consulted Themis at her oracular shrine. She warned of a future flood, and they prepared by acquiring a boat. In time, their boat ran aground on the summit of Mount Parnassus. (Note: This is the mountain at Delphi, “navel of the earth” and home of the great oracle.)

Recognizing their piety, Zeus allowed them to live and withdrew the waters. It was then that Deucalion and Pyrrha remembered the other oracle given by Themis: to repopulate the world by throwing “behind you the bones of your great mother.” Pyrrha didn’t want to injure her mother’s ghost by disturbing her bones. Prometheus soothed her fears. “Oracles are righteous and never advise guilty action…” They decided that the “bones” were stones in the body of the earth (“Great Mother”). They threw the stones, which became humans; men of the stones thrown by Deucalion; women, of those cast by Pyrrha. Animals were produced by earth of its own volition. According to Plato: “Many great deluges have taken place during the nine thousand years.”

These and many more examples can be found on the web, try www.dreamscape.com/morgana/titania.htm

It seems that at some point in earths history there was a deluge, and it has embedded itself in every creation¬† story of every culture. What Flem-Ath believes is that the poles shifted and the ice melted, amongst other catastrophic events came the flood. Something rather ominous about this if you ask me…

Be Sociable, Share!

About Android