posted on Apr, 27 2010 @ 05:28 AM
There is structural evidence of a vessel that was stranded high on Mount Ararat.
The entire story of Noah ends with his vessel stranded in the exact same place.
There are floods stories from around the world.
Flood Stories From Around the World
Yet, people still disagree that there was a historically massive flood on Earth.
People have become rebellious. Atum said he will destroy all he made and return the earth to the Primordial Water which was its original state.
Atum will remain, in the form of a serpent, with Osiris. [Faulkner, plate 30] (Unfortunately the version of the papyrus with the flood story is
damaged and unclear. See also Budge, p. ccii.)
Hailibu, a kind and generous hunter, saved a white snake from a crane which attacked it. Next day, he met the same snake with a retinue of other
snakes. The snake told him that she was the Dragon King's daughter, and the Dragon King wished to reward him. She advised Hailibu to ask for the
precious stone that the Dragon King keeps in his mouth. With that stone, she told him, he could understand the language of animals, but he would turn
to stone if he ever divulged its secret to anyone else. Hailibu went to the Dragon King, turned down his many other treasures, and was given the
stone. Years later, Hailibu heard some birds saying that the next day the mountains would erupt and flood the land. He went back home to warn his
neighbors, but they didn't believe him. To convince them, he told them how he had learned of the coming flood and told them the full story of the
precious stone. When he finished his story, he turned to stone. The villagers, seeing this happen, fled. It rained all the next night, and the
mountains erupted, belching forth a great flood of water. When the people returned, they found the stone which Hailibu had turned into and placed it
at the top of the mountain. For generations, they have offered sacrifices to the stone in honor of Hailibu's sacrifice. [Elder & Wong, pp. 75-77]
The gods, led by Enlil, agreed to cleanse the earth of an overpopulated humanity, but Utnapishtim was warned by the god Ea in a dream. He and
some craftsmen built a large boat (one acre in area, seven decks) in a week. He then loaded it with his family, the craftsmen, and "the seed of all
living creatures." The waters of the abyss rose up, and it stormed for six days. Even the gods were frightened by the flood's fury. Upon seeing all
the people killed, the gods repented and wept. The waters covered everything but the top of the mountain Nisur, where the boat landed. Seven days
later, Utnapishtim released a dove, but it returned finding nowhere else to land. He next returned a sparrow, which also returned, and then a raven,
which did not return. Thus he knew the waters had receded enough for the people to emerge. Utnapishtim made a sacrifice to the gods. He and his wife
were given immortality and lived at the end of the earth. [Sandars, chpt. 5]
Sharur destroyed Asag, demon of sickness and disease, by flooding his abode. In the process, "The primeval waters of Kur rose to the surface, and
as a result of their violence no fresh waters could reach the fields and gardens." [Kramer, p. 105]
A great drought dried up all the rivers. The old men suggested digging in a river bed to find the soul of the river. After three days of digging,
a great spring gushed forth rapidly enough to kill many of the diggers. While the Ifugaos celebrated the waters, a storm came, the river kept rising,
and the elders advised people to run for the mountains, as the river gods were angry. Only two people made it to safety, a brother and sister, Wigan
and Bugan, on the separate mountains Amuyao and Kalawitan. Both had enough food on the summits, but only Bugan had fire. After six months, the waters
receded, creating the rugged terrain that exists today. Wigan traveled to his sister on Mt. Kalawitan, and they settled in the valley. The sister
later found herself with child and ran away in shame, following the course of the river. The god Maknongan, appearing as an old man, assured her that
her shame had no foundation, since she and her brother would repopulate the world. [Demetrio, p. 262; Dixon, pp. 179-180]
Only a brother and sister named Wigam and Bugan survived a primeval flood, on Mount Amuyas. [Gaster, p. 104]
I am not even about to quote all
the stories from that site.
I don't see this as a well played [HOAX] either. But it could be.
Its all too strange that the evidence is displayed for all to see, in CHINA!
I can't see how all these cultures have the same story without some truth to it.
Mostly all without knowledge of each other, or from separate continents/eras.
It doesn't matter if the main character is Noah or Gilgamesh.
Point is, there was a flood, there is a boat. And a story passed generations down.
It all depends on one's belief. Or lack of thereof.
[edit on 27-4-2010 by havok]