Matsya protecting Svayambhuva Manu and the seven sages at the time of Deluge

Startling Similarity between Hindu Flood Legend of Manu and the Biblical Account of Noah

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In 1872, the amateur Assyriologist, George Smith, made a discovery that would shock the world. Whilst studying a particular tablet from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nineveh, he comes across a story that many would have been familiar with. When Smith succeeded in deciphering the text, he realized that the tablet contained an ancient Mesopotamian myth that paralleled the story of Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Today, we are aware that flood myths are found not only in Near Eastern societies, but also in many other ancient civilizations throughout the world. Accounts of a great deluge are seen in ancient Sumerian tablets, the Deucalion in Greek mythology, the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples in Mesoamerica, the Gun-Yu myth of China, the stories of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe of North America, and the stories of the Muisca people, to name but a few. One of the oldest and most interesting accounts originates in Hindu mythology, and while there are discrepancies, it does bear fascinating similarity to the story of Noah and his ark.

‘The Deluge’ by Francis Danby, 1840.

‘The Deluge’ by Francis Danby, 1840. ( Wikimedia Commons )

The Hindu flood myth is found in several different sources. The earliest account is said to have been written in the Vedic Satapatha Brahmana , whilst later accounts can be found in the Puranas, including the Bhagavata Purana and the Matsya Purana , as well as in the Mahabharata. Regardless, all these accounts agree that the main character of the flood story is a man named Manu Vaivasvata. Like Noah, Manu is described as a virtuous individual. The Satapatha Brahmana , for instance, has this to say about Manu: “There lived in ancient time a holy man / Called Manu, who, by penances and prayers, / Had won the favour of the lord of heaven.”

Manu was said to have three sons before the flood – Charma, Sharma, and Yapeti, while Noah also had three sons – Ham, Shem, and Japheth.

Both Noah and Manu are described as virtuous men.  ‘Noah and his Ark’ by Charles Wilson Peale, 1819

Both Noah and Manu are described as virtuous men.  ‘Noah and his Ark’ by Charles Wilson Peale, 1819 ( Wikimedia Commons )

In the Book of Genesis, the cause of mankind’s destruction is given as such, “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. / And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. / And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.”

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 1 (Genesis 7, 11-14), 1552.

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 1 (Genesis 7, 11-14), 1552. ( Wikimedia Commons )

In the story of Manu, however, the destruction of the world is treated as part of the natural order of things, rather than as a divine punishment. It is written in the Matsya Purana that “Manu then went to the foothills of Mount Malaya and started to perform tapasya (meditation). Thousands and thousands of years passed. Such were the powers of Manu‘s meditation that Brahma appeared before him. “I am pleased with your prayers,” said Brahma. “Ask for a boon [favor].” “I have only one boon to ask for,” replied Manu. “Sooner or later there will be a destruction (pralaya) and the world will no longer exist. Please grant me the boon that it will be I who will save the world and its begins at the time of the destruction.” Brahma readily granted this boon.”  

In the flood myth from the Old Testament, God who saves Noah by instructing him to build an Ark. In the Hindu version of the story, it is also through divine intervention, in the form of the god Vishnu, that mankind is preserved from total destruction. In this story, the god appears to Manu in the form of a little fish whilst he was performing his ablutions in a pond. Manu kept the fish, which grew so quickly that its body occupied the entire ocean in a matter of days. It was then that Vishnu revealed his identity to Manu, told him about the impending destruction, and the way to save humanity. There is also a large boat involved in this story too. Vishnu instructed Manu to build a boat and fill it with animals and seeds to repopulate the earth:

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The Old Testament is a plagiary of the Torah, which its is full of myths and legends from the ancient world and so-called pagan religions - principally Zoroastrianism. The dawn of civilization followed the end of the last ice age, glaciers were still melting, sea levels were rising, so tales about great floods and lost 'continents' (probably islands) are unsurprising.

>The Old Testament is a plagiary of the Torah

The Torah is the OT.

>myths and legends from the ancient world and so-called pagan religions - principally Zoroastrianism.

Zoroatrianism didn't exist at that time--it came later.

Sumerian myth is tied to the Arratta, Armenian kingdom. As their cuneiforms decipt of their ancestors coming Aratta (Ayrarat), we need to examine the migration of Armenian highlanders throughout the world throughout prehistoric times. Rig Veda depiction of geography is Armenia itself. Vishnu stems from Vishap, as in the water dragon, which gives rise to Vishnu being half fish. Thud Vish(ap) is Vishu. The key in understanding all this must be trough the Armenian etymology. I encourage you to get a copy of Langauge as a Fingerprint from Amazon. The bible is not only a plagiarism from older myths, it is also a construed piece, hiding it's source.

The bible is the standard and is the true version. It doesn't hide its source. It reveals it source through out its pages. Its source is God.

All ancent stories have to have an origion somewere. Undoubtedly the flood stories coud be found in the Library of Alexandria, as well as the Halls of Egyptian temples. The clay tablet libraes of Sumeria were quite extensive, and we have these fortunately due their preservation in he earth, often because of a library catching fire and baking the tablets, instead the destruction fires had on written accounts elsewhere.
Scribes were carefull to try and write the accounts down as accurate as possible, but many of the oldest would have been origionally passed on by spoken tales. These would evolve with the hero of the tale being of the respective culture. Not all the same but enough to show that they all came from the same origion. To have NO diviation would be to finger the story as a copy of a more recent script.
The Hebrew accounts should reflect both their original accounts from the area of Sumeria, the ark of Noah having come to ground on the slopes in the Turkish border area, and what Moses learned from Egyptian records.
Seriously, I doubt you will find a 4,000 year old account of the flood at the ark site itself , it is not stealing or confabracrating to copy a history down so as to pass it on to later generations before one's history book, or tablets, descentigrate.

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