Many of the same ancient stories can be found in different cultures. Each story differs in a small way, but the general idea remains synonymous. One story that is paralleled in several cultures is the legend of a great flood. The epic of Gilgamesh resembles the Bible’s story of Noah’s Ark, but specific details differ in several aspects.
The story of Gilgamesh originates from twelve fire-hardened, mud tablets, written in cuneiform, in the
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are different in small details. The fact that the two stories are so close in account to each other, with regard to general storyline, is quite amazing when considering the fact that these two cultures are so very different.
1. Duiker, William J. and Spielvogel, Jackson J. World History, Comprehensive Volume, Second Edition. (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1998.)
2. http://www.bibleontheweb.com/Bible.asp (Genesis 6-9.)
3. http://www-relg-studies.scu.edu/netcours/rs011/restrict/ gilflood.htm