The Flood Myths

Robert Howard Kroepel
Copyright © 2001
Flood myths are found in many cultures.

Here is a chart comparing the features of the Christian, Chaldean and Hindu Flood myths.
 
Comparison of Flood Myths
Christian Old Testament Chaldean Hindu
Deity named God warns virtuous man/Noah of the flood. Deity named Kronos appears to virtuous man/Xisuthrus in a vision and warns him of a flood. Brahma, the Lord of the Universe appears as Vishnu to virtuous man/Satyavrata and warns him of a flood.
Noah is the tenth patriarch. Xisuthrus is the tenth king.
Noah is ordered to build an ark. Xisuthrus is ordered to build a vessel. A vessel is to be available to save Satyavrata.
Noah is ordered to load the ark with selected humans and pairs of animals. Xisuthrus is to load the vessel with selected humans and animals. Satyvrata is ordered to load the vessel with selected humans and pairs of animals.
As the flood recedes, three times birds are sent out to scout for land. As the flood recedes, three times birds are sent out to scout for land.
The ark lands on a mountain, Mt. Ararat The vessel lands on a mountain.
Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices. Xisuthrus builds an altar and offers sacrifices.
 
John G. Jackson points out that in Genesis Chapter 9: 18-27, there is a story of how Noah got drunk, got naked, fell asleep, his son, Ham saw all this, told his brothers Shem and Japeth, who covered Noah's naked body, Noah awoke, knew that Ham had seen him naked, got mad, and cursed Ham, who was to become the father of the Canaanites, and ordered that Ham and the Canaanites to be the servants of Shem and Japeth. This story, according to Jackson, became the Biblical basis for justifying slavery. (John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, American Atheist Press, P.O. Box 2117, Austin, TX 78768-2117, 1985, p. 33.)

Sources:

The Christian Flood Myth: The Bible, Christian Old Testament, Genesis, Chapters 6-8, KJV, cited in John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, American Atheist Press, P.O. Box 2117, Austin, TX 78768-2117, 1985, pp. 29-31.

The Chaldean Flood Myth: George Smith, The Chaldean History of Berossus, New York, Scribner Armstron and Company, 1876, pp. 285-286, in John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, American Atheist Press, P.O. Box 2117, Austin, TX 78768-2117, 1985, pp. 31-32.

The Hindu Flood Myth: The oldest Hindu version was published circa 600 B.C. in the Satapatha Bramana, cited by Thomas William Doane, Bible Myths and Their Parallels in Other Religions, New Hyde Park, New York, NY, University Books, 1970, p. 24., cited in John G. Jackson, Christianity Before Christ, American Atheist Press, P.O. Box 2117, Austin, TX 78768-2117, 1985, p. 33-34.