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Flood stories have been a common thread in many religions across the globe One of the stories we are most familiar with in our culture the story of Noahs Ark is a well known segment of the old testament and an interesting story of how God punished the world for how corrupt it had become God accomplished this reportedly by flooding the world and annihilating all the creatures upon it save for Noah and his family and a pair of each type of creature on the earth This story however has roots deep in the past some of which have only come to light with the development of new archeological techniques and technology As more and more is found out about the era from whence this story originates discoveries are made as to the origin of the story what tale it was based upon and as to the authenticity that such an event may have actually even occurred if on a somewhat smaller scale Based on the information available at the present time one can make fairly confident inferences as to the root of this story One could argue that the story of Noahs Ark was based on the Epic of Gilgamesh and that in turn was based on older stories that were based on a real flood of the Black Sea The story of Noahs Ark was first written as part of the old testament by the Jewish people However it is predated by far by the story of the Epic of Gilgamesh a story that originated in the same area that holds many striking similarities to the tale of Noahs Ark Though the story was modified to accommodate new characters many properties of the story are similar from small details like the creatures used as scouts to the religious purpose of the flood itself For example both the flood stories start with the characters receiving specific building instructions for a
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