Originally posted by Count Chocula
Another thing to consider why flood stories are so prevalent in so many diverse societies is the fact much of early humanity centered around areas
where WATER was. River basins, coast lines etc. Water was life, unfortunately those areas are also prone to major flooding, especially the
coastlines as the glaciers melted off about 10k years ago ending the last ice age.
Very true. One of the things that makes me think that it may have been tens of thousands of years ago is that some mythologies in Europe contain
stories of "trolls." I think it is possible that those are mutated descriptions of Cro Magnons meeting Neanderthals. And, of course this is
speculative, that would send us back some 30-40k years ago. Well since that is a divergence from tales in other places that also have the global flood
tale, it COULD mean that the "global flood" (of some local area) happened over 30-40k years ago. Or, it could be that as you say, it just happens
that because we usually set up camp near water, it just happened that every culture got flooded out at least once.
With the discovery of the hobbit people, it also makes me wonder if they may have been the whole Leprechaun/Menehune origin. After all, we knew that
stories of little secretive people were just myths, until we found skeletons of little people. Who knows, it is an interesting area yet to be
investigated. Forensic Mythology.