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In the traditions of most ancient civilizations there can be found a legend concerning a flood of such enormous proportions that it is believed to have covered the whole Earth. Such was the destructive force of this flood that few land animals and plants survived it. For readers in Western society the most famous version is the story of Noah and the Ark as recounted in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. Although it may be the best known, the account of Noah's adventure is neither the only nor the oldest such legend.
Legends of a flood can be found in the folklore of such diverse places as the Middle East, India, China, Australia, southern Asia, the islands of the Pacific, Europe, and the Americas. But the best-known flood legend--that on which the story of Noah is based--had its origins among the peoples of ancient Mesopotamia in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley.
In a fully developed form, the Mesopotamian flood myth appeared in the 'Epic of Gilgamesh', one of the first literary masterpieces, which relates the adventures of a hero-king of Sumer. The earliest versions of the epic derive from the first part of the 2nd millennium BC. The story of the flood is told to Gilgamesh by Utnapishtim, the counterpart of Noah in the story. Advised by the god Ea that his city is to be destroyed by flood, Utnapishtim is told to build a ship for his family, servants, and animals. After a seven-day flood, the vessel comes to rest on a mountaintop. The wrath of the gods has been appeased, and Utnapishtim and his wife are granted immortality.
Religious texts from the 6th century BC in India tell the story of Manu, meaning "man," who is warned by a fish about a coming flood. In the legend Manu builds a boat and saves himself.
In China the flood myth had a different emphasis from the legends told in the West. The flooding of the land from time immemorial was seen as a hindrance to agriculture. The floodwaters were made to recede through the labors of a savior-hero named Yu the Great, who successfully dredged the land to provide outlets to the sea for the water. Thus was the great central river valley of China made suitable for agriculture and the development of civilization. ragz-international.com...
Originally posted by Toltec
James the when a pole shift occurs electricity is generated. That is what causes the memory loss
Actually itís more along the lines that the halves of the brain loose their connection. Interestingly enough there was a professor who postulated (this was in the 70s) that its possible that mankind lacked connections between the halves of the brain in ancient society.
This being a potential causes for why ancient man reported so many visions. It was a way for the left
and right side of the brain to communicate with each other. The left side being oriented to reality in relation to such issues as mathematics while the right side is more artistic and philosophical
Originally posted by Byrd
Well, it's a legend.
Noah's flood works out just fine if you view it as a local flood. If you try to make it out to be a global flood, you run into a lot of questions:
Where did the water come from (remember, it must have covered Mt. Everest. That means the earth was flooded to a depth ABOVE where commercial jet airline traffic flies today)?
When we send humans to that height, oxygen deprivation sets in and they faint. The Ark wasn't designed for space travel.
If the waters had risen that high, it would have pushed Earth's atmosphere into space and most of it would have escaped the gravitational field of Earth and gone floating off to the stars.
And where DID 2-3 miles of water go? It's not under the crust. It's not in the hydrologic cycle.
Myth, relating events of a local flood.
Originally posted by Bruno
When it started raining and Noah had all the animals on board. God open up the heavens and the fountains of the Earth. It rained 40 days and forty nights until all was consummed or covered by water. After the 40th day it stoped raining and the waters receeded.
Now as I see it everthing is covered in water, even the tallest mountains. Thats a heck of a lot of water, RIGHT.
RECEEDED TO WHERE????