Noah and Deucalion




[The AMAIC would consider the myth of Deucalion to be

a later Greek appropriation of the original biblical story]



 

Noah and Deucalion

A myth submitted to the site by Kyle

Noah and DeucalionCompare/Contrast

When people say “the great flood” most people think of Noah and the ark with all the pairs of animals, but there are yet others, in Greek mythology Zeus created a flood to destroy the human race. Noah and Deucalion, survivor of the Greek flood, are similar in the ways that they are both are religious to their god and were in the great flood ; however they are different in the ways that they are in different religions and Noah had built a boat and Deucalion did not.

Noah and Deucalion both were in the great flood because for Noah, he was warned, ordered to make a really big boat called an ark and bring two of all the animals in the world to survive the flood. In the bible on Genesis 5:32-10:1 it says: Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwater on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. (Genesis 5:32-10:1) But for Deucalion, Zeus had thought that the human race was a failure, so he asked Poseidon to flood the earth. the only people left was Deucalion and his wife on a high mountain, Zeus pitied them and told Poseidon to recede the water, making them the only people on earth.

Noah was a great follower of god and would always stick to the laws the way the meant, for this God gave the human race a chance by letting Noah and his family try to survive the flood. Deucalion had always trusted his gods and worship them ever since he was a little boy, unlike the others who had been fighting with each other, he had he had living a peaceful life in his cottage at the bottom of the mountain.

Noah had to build an ark to survive the flood and it took a long time, for Deucalion him and his wife were at the top of a very tall mountain collecting fruit from a tree when the flood came but stopped at the top of the mountain. The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
(Genesis 5:32-10:1)

Noah, as most people know, is from the bible, where there is one god and one god only, for Deucalion, who is from Greek mythology, has multiple gods Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, and hundreds more, this means that this is most likely to be the same story but from a different perspective.

Both Noah and Deucalion both have their differences, Noah in a boat and different religion but they have way more similarities, both were in the flood and survived and they both were religious to their god(s).

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