> An interesting thought, but even if Mt Ararat may
> have had a special importance to the Biblical
> writers because of its volcanism, it is not the
> cause of the "Flood" nor do the Mesopotamian
> derived tales involve anything that could be
> construed as a volcanic eruption.
Yes, no worries, I was not going for the latter. :)
But on that note, I wrote the article because I was curious why such an obvious cataclysm is essentially missing from ancient lore, and by that I mean maybe some things have been interpreted wrong. (more below.)
The Epic of
> Gilgamesh refers to "the mountain of Nisir
> (Nimush)" which some believe was 9,000' Pir Omar
> Of note is a Çatalhoyuk mural dating to
> Which is suggested to have been a depiction the
> eruption of the Hasan Dagi volcano.
> 0.1371/journal.pone.0084711]Identifying the
> Volcanic Eruption Depicted in a Neolithic Painting
> at Çatalhöyük, Central Anatolia, Turkey[/url]
Yes, both Nisir, Hasan Dagi and every other (!) volcano in the region figured in my old notes, but didn't appear as this was all destined to be in a book ... alas, life happened. However, my 'loss' in this sense is irrelevant to your topic. :(
Speaking of, all of this no doubt points to a root source around the 'Great Seas' of Asia. It is all very interesting, and I'd looked at every other body of water, like Lakes Van and Urmia for example. Did the big seas have to be the place of a 'flood'? Who knows ...
Here's a report deep in my files that could shine alongside your other Gallagher link:
... which you probably already have. LOL