> And though this flood myth likely predates the
> Sumerians themselves, what should be clear is that
> it is very possible this was in fact a real event,
> not a global one, but rather one of the “known
> world” of the people who first told the tale.
> The Eridu Genesis, the oldest such version, does
> not speak of a flood covering the earth, but
> rather a flood that that “swept over the whole
> country”. An important distinction to make as
> not only does it make the tale plausible, but it
> also fits with known geological and archeological
> evidence of the greater Mediterranean region of a
> time still within the memory of the Sumerians of
> 3,800BC. The question then to be asked at this
> point is that if they are not the originators of
> the flood myth, then who before them was? [/b]
NOTE ADDED: To avoid any confusion, this is where the excerpt ends-the next part picks up with the Ubaid culture who directly preceded the Sumerians in response to the last paragraph which asks: "The question then to be asked at this point is that if they are not the originators of the flood myth, then who before them was?" It is not an open ended question to the reader, but one meant to set up the next segment of the chapter.
There is also a reference to the Greek flood myth in the body in the body that is harkening back to the lead in section of this chapter which speaks of similar flood myths of the world not included in the excerpt and is reffering to this:
The Greek account relates how Zeus, angered by the impiety of man, sent a Great Deluge to envelop the earth to destroy mankind. Deucalion and Pyhrrha, the first king and queen of Northern Greece, were warned by Prometheus, the creator of man, who instructed them to build a “chest” to survive the flood which they rode on top of to the safety of the dry peaks of Mount Parnassos.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 29-Apr-16 04:04 by Thanos5150.