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Certain legends have fascinated people through history being passed down generations through oral tradition and hearsay Noahs Ark is a prime example of a story many people should be well acquainted with perhaps as sleepy-eyed children on a bright Sunday morning or through gazing at a cheerful illustration featuring a bearded man on a large boat with giraffes hippos and lions It surprises many that the tale is strikingly similar to a story featuring a mythical Sumerian king named Gilgamesh Many believe that the Story of the Flood is an adaptation of Noahs Ark but in actuality it is one of the oldest pieces of literature known to man These two stories because of the timelines it takes place in have many differences yet they share a lot in likeness Both stories although they take place in two different worlds their plots resemble each other One of which is that both Utnapishtim and Noah are both acting for a higher power In The Story of the Flood Ea the leader of the gods chooses Utnapishtim to create a boat with specific qualifications so a select amount of humans can survive therefore saving humanity from extinction In Noahs Ark Noah is on Gods good side so God spares him and his family by telling him to create a boat with detailed instructions so his loved ones and a pair of every animals can survive and reproduce on the earth Another comparison is that the gods in both stories were livid at mankind With the gods in The Story of the Flood they were angry because the humans were overpopulating the world thus making too much noise So the gods decided to rid the world of the humans making the world a quiet place once again With Noahs god he was irate because the humans became corrupt and were becoming evil For that reason he decided to would purify the world by wiping away all the evil
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