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The Olive Branch Like dragonflies their dead bodies have filled the river Like a raft they have moved to the edge of the boat Like a raft they have moved to a river bank flood-mythcom 31500 Whether the above is fact fiction myth or legend it appears that all civilizations have a strong fascination with The Deluge Bible believers feel that it was an act of God who intern wanted to cleanse the earth of immoral people and evildoers Chosen survivors for example Noah as well as present day Christians believe that the Flood was a marking point for a new covenant between God and themselves However the myths that have accumulated from each culture provide great colorful characters and death defying heros against the angst of the gods Often times the bible is compared to the Gilgamesh Epic which is the oldest fictional novel known to man The Babylonian epic tells a similar story of the flood The gods within the story are very angered by humankinds behavior So they decided to punish them a flood Ea a Babylonian God disagrees with extremely harsh treatment He then instructs Utnapishtim to flee with his family and all the animals on a boat This basic myth emerges from the Gilgamesh Epic but neighboring civilization such as Sumeria retell the same with different protagonist gods Traveling east into China the flood legend seems to take on a new meaning The myth is recorded around 1000 bc by the Chou Dynasty The main difference between the Chinese flood myth and that of Western cultures seems to be the emphasis on why there was a flood In the Western Myths the floods are brought about because of the anger of the gods or at a whim of the gods while in the Chinese myth the emphasis is on a very practical matter the channeling of unruly waters in such a way to make the cultivation of
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