So Many Floods, So Little Time
Noah's Ark is the story of a man who escaped God's great Flood becuase of a divine warning. The story of Utanapishtim speaks of a man who escaped the God Enlil's great Flood becuase of a divine warning. Babylonian culture tells of a man who escaped Enki's great Flood becuase of a divine warning. There's something odd about these stories, somehow they seem similar. Funny how the latter two are older than Noah's Ark, but Noah's Ark is considered original.
Then there's Scandinavian folklore:
Oden, Vili, and Ve fought and slew the great ice giant Ymir, and icy water from his wounds drowned most of the Rime Giants. The giant Bergelmir escaped, with his wife and children, on a boat made from a hollowed tree trunk. From them rose the race of frost ogres. Ymir's body became the world we live on. His blood became the oceans. [Sturluson, p. 35]
Silly Scandinavians, stealing the Bible's story before it was even written.
But let's not forget the Kikuyu from Africa:
A beautiful but mysterious woman agreed to marry a man on the condition that he never ask about her family. He agreed, and they lived happily together until it was time for their oldest son's circumcision, and the man asked his wife why her family couldn't attend the ceremony. With that, the wife bounced into the air and made a hole seven miles deep when she landed. She called upon her ancestors, who came as spirits from Mt. Kenya. The spirits raised a thunder and hailstorm as they came. They brought food, goats, cattle, and beer with them and, while the people took shelter in caves, flooded the countryside with beer, turning it into a lake. When the
spirits left, they took the couple and their children with them into Mt. Kenya. [Abrahams, pp. 336-338]
That's a good one, perhaps an even better story is this one:
A heavy rain fell for many days, and a giant snake lay across the river, blocking it so that the whole land flooded. Many people drowned, and thefew survivors fled to the highest mountain, but they still feared as the waters kept rising. A crab appeared and cut through the body of the snake, and the flood subsided. [Frazer, p. 232]
I hope I've made my point. The people who wrote the bible were not only blatantly wrong, but totally unoriginal about what they were wrong about. I would have expected better from the authors of the most read book in history.
The idea for this post came from I Am at the Evangelical Atheist.