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The End We Start From

by Megan Hunter

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    Nov 2017, 160 pages
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Floods in Myth and Legend

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The End We Start From takes place during a drastic, near-future flood that impacts London and its surrounding territory. During 2017, floods surged over many regions of the world. As the plausibility of future catastrophic flooding seems more and more likely, it is fascinating to take a look at how floods figure prominently in ancient legends, from a variety of traditions. Here's a quick summary of an incredibly complex and rich heritage of their mythology.

Deucalion and his WifeGenesis describes the story of Noah and his ark, which takes place near modern day Mount Ararat in Anatolia (Turkey). Long before the first written record of Genesis, the Sumerians told a flood story in the Epic of Gilgamesh, about 2500 BCE. Torrential rain caused great flooding and only a few chosen people survived. A classical Greek myth describes Zeus cursing humanity with a flood, but Deucalion builds a wooden chest and rides out the deluge until he comes to rest on Mount Parnassus. There, he strikes a bargain with Zeus and ...

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