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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O kind-hearted man, you have care in your heart, listen now. Soon the world will be submerged by a great flood, and everything will perish. You must build strong ark, and take along rope on board. you must also take with you the Seven Sages, who have existed since the beginning of time, and seeds of all things and pair of each animal, when you are ready, I will come to you as Fish and I will have horns on my head. Do not forget my words, without me you cannot escape from the flood.

When the time came, Manu was to tie the boat to the horn of fish, so that it could be dragged around. Interestingly, this would not be the only time that Vishnu saves mankind from destruction, as he would re-appear as avatars over the course of time to preserve life on earth.   

Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text.

Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text. ( Wikimedia Commons )

After the flood, Noah’s Ark is said to have rested on mountains of Ararat. Similarly, Manu’s boat was described as being perched on the top of a range of mountains (the Malaya Mountains in this case) when the waters had subsided. Both Noah and Manu were then said to repopulate the earth, and all human beings could trace their ancestry to either one of these flood survivors.

‘Noah's ark on Mount Ararat’ by Simon de Myle, 1570 AD.

‘Noah's ark on Mount Ararat’ by Simon de Myle, 1570 AD. ( Wikimedia Commons )

Featured image: Matsya protecting Svayambhuva Manu and the seven sages at the time of Deluge ( Wikimedia Commons )


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By Ḏḥwty


rbflooringinstall's picture

Stories of the flood from around the world. I wonder how it all really went down in ancient times.


Peace and Love,


The similarity of the various legends should come as no great surprise as the catastrophic floods that marked the end of the last Ice Age greatly impacted the lives of many- if not most- of the human population who happened to be alive at the time.
As to how it all went down... I'm pretty sure it was a damned unpleasant time for anyone caught in or near the path(s) of the flood waters caused by the rapidly melting glaciers.
Imagine having to watch the entire world as you know it being literally ripped apart within a matter of hours by forces that were most likely beyond the understanding of those who witnessed the event.

Of such things are legends made....

Obviously both traditions come from the same source this case, due to the proven links between the Sumerian and Hindu civilizations. The sons names Charma, Sharma, and Yapeti,are similar to Noah three sons – Ham, Shem, and Japheth as they come from the same source.

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.

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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