Flood Narratives and Catastrophic Lessons: the Cultural Reminders of Apocalyptic Mythology

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Joshua Briggs

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Dr. Barry Bandstra

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Flood narratives are a recurring aspect of the cultural record, particularly within religious and mythological traditions. Considering these occurrences, this research project endeavors to explore the similarities and differences among the varying narratives—specifically drawing upon excerpts from The Bible, Ovid’s Metamorphoses, and the Sumero-Babylonian Gilgamesh Epic. This composition explores common themes among these written accounts with the intent of revealing the symbolic structures buried within the narratives’ characters and environs. After concluding an analysis of the metaphors and symbolisms which shape these mythologies, this essay finally investigates more recent explorations regarding “ark mania” with the intent of discovering an underlying theme that motivates human obsession with divine destruction. Summarily, the project concludes with an argument explaining the multi-millennia fascination with flood mythology.

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