"When the sky above was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsû, who begat them,
And chaos, Tiamat, the mother of them both,
Their waters were mingled together,
And no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen;
When of the gods none had been called into being."
In the beginning there was not a piece of dry land in existence not even the cap of a mountain was visible. No flying of crawling thing yet existed
for all land was submerged beneath the veil of commingled waters. Apzu (Apsu) the fresh water and Tiamat the salty water were continually mixing.
The Gods chant spells and Apzu (the fresh water) is put into a coma and sinks down beneath the Earth. Now that the waters are separated , Apzu beneath
the surface of the Earth and Tiamat (salty water) above the surface of the Earth dry land comes into existence.
Things begin to grow from the earth, crawling things and flying things inhabit the Earth. Man begins to build city s and tills the soil for crops.
In time the gods grow angry with man (actually the demigods) and plan to destroy them, Enlil sends the flood,the waters of the deep are reawakened and
rise up from the deep. The salt water of the ocean and fresh waters of the apzu once more commingle and Earth is plunged under water. Being warned in
advance humans build a ship and ride out the great flood.
"Make all living beings go up into the boat.
The boat which you are to build,
its dimensions must measure equal to each other:
its length must correspond to its width.
Roof it over like the Apsu"
"Just as dawn began to glow
the land assembled around me
the carpenter carried his hatchet,
the reed worker carried his (flattening) stone,the men ...
The child carried the pitch,
the weak brought whatever else was needed.
On the fifth day I laid out her exterior.
It was a field in area, its walls were each 10 times 12 cubits in height,
the sides of its top were of equal length, 10 times It cub
I laid out its (interior) structure and drew a picture of it (?).
I provided it with six decks,thus dividing it into seven (levels).
The inside of it I divided into nine (compartments).
I drove plugs (to keep out) water in its middle part."
"The boat was finished by sunset.
The launching was very difficult.
They had to keep carrying a runway of poles front to back,
until twothirds of it had gone into the water(?).
Whatever I had I loaded on it:
whatever silver I had I loaded on it,
whatever gold I had I loaded on it.
All the living beings that I had I loaded on it,
I had all my kith and kin go up into the boat,
all the beasts and animals of the field and the craftsmen"
"The gods were frightened by the Flood,
and retreated, ascending to the heaven of Anu.
The gods were cowering like dogs, crouching by the outer wall.
Ishtar shrieked like a woman in childbirth,the sweet
voiced Mistress of the Gods wailed:
'The olden days have alas turned to clay,
because I said evil things in the Assembly of the Gods!
How could I say evil things in the Assembly of the Gods,
ordering a catastrophe to destroy my people!!
No sooner have I given birth to my dear people
than they fill the sea like so many fish!'The gods
those of the Anunnaki were weeping with her,
the gods humbly sat weeping, sobbing with grief(?),
their lips burning parched with thirst.
Six days and seven nights came the wind and flood, the storm flattening the land.
When the seventh day arrived, the storm was pounding,
the flood was a war struggling with itself like a woman
writhing (in labor).
The sea calmed, fell still, the whirlwind (and) flood stopped up.
I looked around all day long quiet had set in
and all the human beings had turned to clay!
The terrain was as flat as a roof"
"I sent forth a raven and released it.
The raven went off, and saw the waters slither back.
It eats, it scratches, it bobs, but does not circle back to me.
Then I sent out everything in all directions and sacrificed (a sheep).
I offered incense in front of the mountain ziggurat.
Seven and seven cult vessels I put in place,
and (into the fire) underneath (or: into their bowls) I poured
reeds, cedar, and myrtle.
The gods smelled the savor,
the gods smelled the sweet savor,
and collected like flies over a (sheep) sacrifice.
Just then Beletili arrived. he lifted up the large flies (beads) which Anu had made for
his enjoyment(!):'You gods, as surely as I shall not forget this lapis lazuli around my neck,
may I be mindful of these days, and never forget them!
The gods may come to the incense offering,
but Enlil may not come to the incense offering,
because without considering he brought about the Flood
and consigned my people to annihilation.'
Just then Enlil arrived.
He saw the boat and became furious,
he was filled with rage at the Igigi gods:
'Where did a living being escape?
No man was to survive the annihilation!"
(Epic of Gilgamesh)
Scientists have recently confirmed the existence of the Apzu, it is thought to be a layer 410-660 km below earths surface. It is thought that there is
more water down there then all the water of the Earths oceans combined. If by some unknown mechanism this water was caused to rise up and combine with
the water of the Oceans there would be a worldwide flood just like in the myths. Its discovery was made by measuring water content of a black (dirty)
diamond which was formed 500 km below earths surface.