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Comment by blueskies on September 11th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

if I maybe allowed to share an idea as to the reason for the 2 different but similar stories concerning the flood, noah , Gilgamesh, …. Reason being: Noah had 3 sons – Japheth, Ham, Shem. thus it would make sense that each of the 3 sons would have a their own version handed down to their descendants. thus Ham would have his version (the Gilgamesh) as well as Ham’s descendants having their version ( Noah & the bible). should a third version come probably be the Japheth version. simple explanation for the different versions of same journey.

Comment by Jennifer Tanabe on September 12th, 2016 at 9:49 am

Thank you, blueskies, for your comment. That is certainly an interesting idea. However, there are already more than three versions of a great flood with a warning to build a boat to save himself and others, such as the Hindu story of Matsya, Deucalion in Greek mythology, and various Native American mythologies. The similarities among these disparate myths does suggest that they evolved from or influenced each other.

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