The Epic of Gilgamesh contains one of several three flood that is akkadian. Within the Atrahasis Epic, Enlil, the god of wind, uses famine and drought to regulate the overpopulation of people (in other variations it really is ambiguous in the event that reason for the gods’ distress is overpopulation or some unnamed iniquity). Enlil finally chooses to deliver a catastrophic flooding. Enki (the Sumerian type of the Akkadian Ea), the god of water, is certainly not permitted to alert the people, but he does tell Atrahasis (“Extremely smart”) to construct a boat that is large in bitumen. Although Enlil is aggravated that Enki interfered, he agrees to get different ways to manage population that is human. Some genuinely believe that the Gilgamesh flooding tale had been a later paraphrase associated with the Atrahasis Epic.
The Sumerian creation misconception also incorporates a whole tale of a flooding. Ziusudra (Sumerian for the Akkadian Utnapishtim, meaning “he who laid hold on tight life of remote times”) is warned by Enki to create a watercraft. The storyline is a lot the exact same, except that the ship floats down the Euphrates to an island, perhaps Bahrain. The names provided to the Noah figure are confusing, but they are connected: Atrahasis (“the wise one”) ended up being changed to Ziusudra/Utnapishtim (“he found life”) him immortal after he survived the flood and the gods made.
The biblical flooding story, present in Genesis 6-9, has its own similarities. Both in situations, it had been a flood that is global by Jesus or gods to regulate individuals. (more…)