There are at least 500 legends of a worldwide deluge. Many of these show remarkable similarities, with many aspects similar to the details about Noah’s Flood in the Bible.”
The above is from an article that appeared on the website of Creation Ministeries International just today.
Aptly titled “Flood!”, it lists various myths and legends from across the planet that all involve a flood. As you’ve most likely guessed from the quote above, the premise is there are too many similarities between the stories for them to be based on isolated events.
Or as the authors themselves put it:
Perhaps all the peoples of these remote civilisations had different flood experiences that, by chance, had all these features in common, on which they based their stories. However, the more reasonable alternative is that these legends all find their root in the same one global Flood experience that Genesis records.”
Well if they say it’s more reasonable, who am I to argue?
But before we start calling for this to be taught in school history classrooms, let’s see just what do these stories have in common?
– The deluge comes (rain, huge wave, a container broken or opened, a monster’s belly punctured, etc).
Now I know you’re already blown away by the revelation (no pun intended) that
EVERY SINGLE FLOOD LEGEND EVER TOLD CONTAINS A FLOOD,
but it doesn’t end there.
Sometimes the characters are warned in advance, other times not.
If warned, they seek to escape drowning, either in a vessel, or find other means of escape such as climbing.
Often they will have supplies (because people have to eat right?)
“Bird or rodent scouts are often sent out, but this is not universal.”
When the deluge is over the survivors find themselves on land.
If you’re somehow unconvinced by this ‘evidence‘ (I felt a chill up my spine just typing that word in this context. Evidence. Gagh there it is again), here is the list of references from the article.
- Frazer, J.G., Folklore in the Old Testaments: Studies in Comparative Religon, Legend and Law (Abridged Edition), Avenel Books, New York, NY, USA, p. 107, 1988. Return to text.
- Sanders, N.K., The Epic of Gilgamesh, Penguin Classics, London, UK, pp. 108-113, 1972. Return to text.
- Morrison, W.B., Ancient Choctaw Legend of the Great Flood, <www.isd.net/mboucher/choctaw/flood1.htm>, September 8, 2000. Return to text.
- Reed, A.W., ‘The Great Flood’, in Aboriginal Fables And Legendary Tales, Reed Books, Sydney, Australia, pp. 55-56, 1965. Return to text.
- Berlitz, C., The Lost Ship of Noah, W.H. Allen, London, UK, p. 126, 1987. Return to text.
- Ref. 1, p. 82. Return to text.
- Mercatante, A.S., Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Child & Associates Publishing, NSW, Australia, p. 613, 1988. Return to text.
- Ref. 1, pp. 105-106. Return to text.
- The Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology, Chancellor Press, London, UK, pp. 275-277, 1996. Return to text.
- For full version see: Coates, H., The Flood, Creation 4(3):9-12, 1981.
- Funk & Wagnalls, Standard Dictionary of Folklore, Mythology and Legend, 1950.
- In 1795, before examining the evidence, Hutton, ‘the father of modern geology’, proclaimed that ‘the past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now … No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle’ (emphasis added). This automatically ruled out the globe-covering Flood the Bible records. Hutton, J., Theory of the Earth with Proof and Illustrations; cited in Holmes, A., Principles of Physical Geology, 2nd edition, pp. 43-44, 1965.
We live in interesting times.