Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
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19-01-2017, 12:19 PM
Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
I heard many cultures had a flood myth some even older than the bibles. even some in the Americas have them. Now a global flood like the one in the bible is impossible on many levels. Still why do you think so many cultures have one?
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19-01-2017, 12:25 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
Because floods happen and people like to tell stories both for entertainment and as a way to hand down history. Additionally, stories often get passed from culture to culture and generation to generation. So numerous flood myths or even overlapping flood myths within nearby cultures not surprising.
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19-01-2017, 12:37 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
(19-01-2017 12:19 PM)sneroul the thinker Wrote:  I heard many cultures had a flood myth some even older than the bibles. even some in the Americas have them. Now a global flood like the one in the bible is impossible on many levels. Still why do you think so many cultures have one?

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19-01-2017, 12:58 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
Also most early cultures built around places that were susceptible to such flooding. Coastal civilizations by the sea, would face hurricanes or tsunamis. Living alongside rivers like the Nile, Tigris, or Euphrates, would bring about heavy flooding at times, etc.

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19-01-2017, 01:25 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
(19-01-2017 12:19 PM)sneroul the thinker Wrote:  I heard many cultures had a flood myth some even older than the bibles. even some in the Americas have them. Now a global flood like the one in the bible is impossible on many levels. Still why do you think so many cultures have one?

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19-01-2017, 01:27 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
Stop using the word "culture" it stems from RELIGION.

There is a very REAL reason, with an evolutionary explanation as to why religion and superstitions and myths rose in humans. If you watched the ENTIRE COSMOS series with Neil Degrasse Tyson, you'd know that humans completely independent in connection in all of antiquity come up with similar motifs as GAP FILLING.

Not just with floods, but constellations different societies worldwide, seeing shapes in the stars they attached deities and heros too. Fear of comets also existed independently.

If you watch that ENTIRE 13 part series you'd see what Neil is talking about. "Culture" is a dodge. It is simply another word humans hide behind far too widely to ignore that we are not a separate species.

The reason is evolutionary as to why myths and religions get started. Long ago, 200,000 years ago, long before the first cities or written religions, our species was totally ignorant of our modern knowledge we have now. If you read the 'God Delusion" this gap filling is evolutionary. Dawkins, in that book describes this gap filling as being akin to "a moth mistaking a light bulb for the natural moonlight it guides itself by".

Life even with other life, does not always have time to slow down and assess what is going on, our brains evolved unfortunately to gap fill. It is why we can fall for Santa as kids, or fear the shadows of a dark room as a kid. We are merely projecting, as a species our own attributes as a gap filling explanation as to why good or bad happen.

Why are their similar motifs? Why did the Egyptians come up with Isis and Horus and Osiris and Ra? Why did other people come up with Apollo? Why did others come up with Vishnu or Brahma? That gap filling acts as a placebo, that placebo does create social order even when the claims of that group can be completely false.

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19-01-2017, 01:29 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
Because floods are awesome. If you're going to write a book, can you think of a single good reason not to include a flood that kills a bunch of people?

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19-01-2017, 01:44 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
(19-01-2017 01:29 PM)yakherder Wrote:  Because floods are awesome. If you're going to write a book, can you think of a single good reason not to include a flood that kills a bunch of people?

Flood mythology in all of antiquity would really stem from the fact that humans had a limited view of topography and falsely equated what they could see within their view as the totality of the world. You have a monster rain or hurricane or earthquake causing sudden displacement of water that causes it to go out of its banks, back then humans simply didn't know what was going on in reality.

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19-01-2017, 02:31 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
I theorize that significant prehistoric geological events are passed down through oral histories, reverberating and amplifying through a prehistoric culture before being recorded as "history".
In this case, it wouldn't surprise me if something like the Mt. Etna Avalanche, 8000 years ago, was responsible for the flood myth common to Mediterranean cultures.
An event of that magnitude could certainly be considered the seed for the story that the entire world was completely devastated by a god-commanded flood.
I mean, how else would they explain it?

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19-01-2017, 02:35 PM
RE: Why do many cultures have a flood myth?
The importance of flood plains in ancient agriculture probably also created a context in which the most heavily populated civilizations were the most likely to have to deal with floods.

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