As Americans celebrate Independence Day this weekend, it’s a good time to ponder and admire the diverse habitats and picturesque vistas all contained in this one large country. The western half of the country is dominated by the Rocky Mountains–the largest mountain system in North America–and the Pacific Ocean. Rocky Mtn NP, CO and moose […]American Vistas — Jet Eliot
Aspens with their new summer leaves in the Kaibab Forest. Sunlit view from the North Rim. (Click to enlarge and see The Colorado River.) Landscape near Lee’s Ferry. The Colorado. Horseshoe Bend. We entered here for a seven day raft trip when the kids were younger. I will never forget the sound of the rockslides […]North Rim~ —
Frank Joseph, in his fascinating book, Survivors of Atlantis, writes about many stories from tribal sources all over North America, that describe a version of the story of Noah and the Great Flood.
An Iroquois version talks about a land in the far east where an entire people lived. All of them drowned except for one lone survivor who escaped by leaving in a large boat along with many animals. After many days lost at sea, he sent out a dove, who returned from the west with a willow branch in his beak. Every year, the Iroquois featured the dove in a spring festival – which took place when the willow bloomed.
A similar ceremony was held by the Sioux, Chickasaw, Pima, Okanogan, and Mandan. George Catlan, known for his early paintings of Native Americans, wrote about the Mandan ceremony, in the early nineteenth century, noting that it gives an account of the Great Flood that destroyed nearly everyone. Only one man escaped in a big canoe. The Mandan remembered the willow twig which the bird carried in its beak – and that the great flood covered the earth for forty days.
Catlin wrote that he had found this story among 120 tribes that he had visited. He also noted that many totem poles were said to have been made “at the time of the great flood.”
Both the Hopi and the Algonquin traditions tell of their ancestors being warned that the Gods would sink the land beneath the sea. After this the “Father of the Tribes” built a “great reed raft” on which he sailed away with his family and many animals.
In addition to these Native American stories, recalled by Frank Joseph, there are hundreds of other stories, from cultures all over the world, with remarkably similar details. In the two very well-known versions – there is the Greek account of the sinking of Atlantis in a Great Flood, which appears to be the same story as the Biblical Great Flood, from which Noah escaped after building the ark along with a pair of every animal. Then from the ark he sent out birds, including a dove, to find land.
From India, in the Hindu version, Manu rescues a tiny fish and raises him. He grows up to be huge and turns out to be Matsya, the fish incarnation of the God Vishnu. Matsya, after having been released into the ocean, returns later to warn his friend Manu of an upcoming flood, and Manu builds an ark to save himself and the seven sages. Instead of saving the animals – he saves the seeds of the earth’s plants.
How shall we explain the fact that this nearly identical story is told all over the world as if it were a true ancient event?
Well, there’s only one simple possibility. That is to consider that it may be a true story.
Graham Hancock along with a whole host of other writers have published dozens of very intriguing books suggesting that this is an account of a true event (or perhaps a series of events). During the time following the last Ice Age, the seas rose – perhaps a hundred meters – with the melting of the ice – thereby creating great floods and destroying an ancient, advanced civilization. The rising of the seas at this time is an accepted scientific fact. A few people survived and were scattered across the earth.
It’s worth looking into. You might start with Graham Hancock’s books.
Please note the correction below, in the comment by Dr. Prasad.
© Copyright, Sharon St Joan, 2022
This is Picture Canyon in Arizona. The canyon is covered in petroglyphs, that are 800-1300 years old. The oldest petroglyphs are geometric in nature. Later rock art depicts animals, rivers, planets and human figures. This is The Mojave Desert in the southwestern US, and it is where Jim and I went hunting for hidden petroglyphs. […]Rock Talk~ —
male Williamson County, TXBird of the Day: Red-winged Blackbird — Organikos
Muley Point in Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Mark Holm for The New York Times After plenty of contention, a move in the right direction, at last: In a Return to the Land, Tribes Will Jointly Manage a National Monument Five Native American tribes will work with the Bureau of Land Management to plan […]Bears Ears Co-Management — Organikos
No one knew where he came from
Or why he looked a little odd,
Or what village was his home,
The one who was blue
And swam with fish
And had a gentle presence
And glimmering sea-green eyes.
They had a walk and a long talk
And after a while
A memory flickered of the friend
Known from long ago
By the rolling sea
Under the falling snow
Drifting down from the hills afar
Near an ancient star
In the lore
Of a distant folk
A fluid tongue that ran
On and on like the ringing rivers of time
A flickering smile
On another world
A gentle presence
The one who was from another place
By the sea
Of silver beings
Of a world
Furled in winds,
Curled in mist,
Home of spike-nosed marlin
Long ago when the sea gulls cry
No one knows when or why.
He walked out of the wandering sea
In the light of the moon
Where he used to walk,
In a castled sea,
Shimmering blue and purple,
Within the magical light of the moon
The remembering moon,
The sea with veins of light
In the liquid granite stone,
Within the magical, numinous light
Of the mystery moon,
The lotus-flowered light of the dawn opens
Where or when
No one can tell,
Returned to the world that was before
And always again.
The one who was wise
And came from another world
Sometime long ago
In the deepening land of snow,
By the echoing cave
And the wandering sound of the waves
And the lilting, peaceful song
Of the silver light of the sea.
© Copyright, Sharon St Joan, 2022
Rajaji National Park, UttarakhandBird of the Day: Indian Roller — Organikos
Falls Creek, in southwest Colorado, is one of the most important ancient sites in the southwest. It was once a village and had burial sites. It contained mummified remains of individuals, and has antiquities from the ancestral pueblo basket maker period from 1500-2000 years ago. Look carefully to the right, below the waterfall and under […]Falls Creek Sacred Site~ —