Stories of the Flood (the Deluge) Part IV
Flood Stories from Around the World ~ Continuing from Part III, Flood Stories as many as there are, repeatedly contain common themes that are confirmed in the light of Oahspe's revelations regarding the Great Flood or Deluge, which was the actual submergence of a great continent in the Pacific Ocean some 25,000 years ago.
As in the Flood story of Noah in the Ezra bible, other tales from diverse places include references to what food people ate after the Flood. The Ezra bible elaborates on permission for man to eat flesh after the Flood but fails to include the important fact that there continued to be vegetarians after the Flood, in fact the I'hins, survivors of the Flood, were vegan. Noah, as the Ezra Bible story goes, sacrificed and ate animals after the Flood (Noah saving the animals on the arc then can be recognized as the invention of flesh eaters who could not imagine a world without animals to eat). Yet Flood stories from other sources focus on vegetable foods that were stored in the boats, or discovered following the Flood. For in various American Native stories, survivors brought or discovered corn, legumes and other vegetable foods. Nevertheless in some Mexican and Central and South American tales Flood survivors cooked food such as fish. Why were there such differences in the tales with some survivors eating animals and fish while others relied on vegetable foods?
Though aspects of many Flood stories are storyteller embellishments, widespread common themes such as food and even the lack of cooking fire must have some basis in ancestral memory, and indeed the lack of cooking fire is also explained in the account of the Flood in Oahspe. For, following the Flood there were differences in what some humans ate and how they prepared their food after the Flood. According to Oahspe, once Pan was submerged, there was no cooked food eaten by any humans for a period, for the original survivors were I'hins who were herbivorous, and their food did not require cooking to be palatable. Then some hundreds of years later, a new race appeared --- the I'huans. They were the offspring of the I'hin and native Druks, who also ate neither fish nor flesh. The hybrid I'huans began to eat fish and flesh, learning from their familiar spirits how to cook these to make them palatable:
|| ||Tarascan (northern Michoacan, Mexico): When the great flood came, God built a house. Everyone tried to crowd into it; those who failed were drowned. The house floated on the waters for twenty days, striking the sky three times. When the waters receded, some of the survivors were very hungry, and although God told them not to eat anything, they started to cook tortillas inside the house. God sent down an angel to tell them not to light any fire, but the smoke was already drifting into the sky. God sent the angel again with the same message, but the people said they were hungry and continued cooking. After the message was ignored a third time, God told the angel to give those people a good kick. They became dogs and buzzards and cleaned up the earth.||
||......When the flood started going down, the man sent out a raven, but it stayed out to eat dead bodies. He next sent out a dove, which returned to tell what the raven was doing, and ravens have been cursed to eat carrion since. God ordered that no fires be kindled, but one man disobeyed and was turned into a dog.||
||Chiriguano (southeast Bolivia):...The flood rose, covering the earth and killing the rest of the Chiriguanos, but the two babies survived and eventually landed on solid ground when the flood sank. There, they found fish to eat, but they had no way to cook it. Fortunately, before the flood, a frog had taken some hot coals in his mouth, and it kept them alight during the flood by blowing on them. He gave the fire to the children, and they were able to roast their fish. In time, they grew up, and the Chiriguanos are descended from them.||
||Ezra Bible, Genesis: And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat......And [because you have become carnivorous] surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoso sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.....||
Among the Flood stories of the Americas, new kinds of food such as corn and beans were brought by the survivors. It should come as no surprise to discover that many foods that are now staples for people around the world came from America. Some of these are: Corn (Maize), Pineapple, Potato, Pumpkin and Squashes, Green Bean, Lima, Kidney, Navy, Pinto and Black Beans, Sweet and Hot Peppers, Sweet potato, Tomato, Avocado, Brazil Nut, Cashew Nut, Hickory Nut, Peanut, Sunflower Seeds, Cocoa Bean and many more:
||Tarahumara (Northern Mexico): People were once fighting among themselves, and Father God sent much rain, drowning everyone. After the flood, God sent three men and three women to repopulate the earth. They planted three kinds of corn which still grow in the country.
||When all the world was flooded, a little boy and girl climbed the mountain Lavachi ("Gourd") south of Panalachic. They came down when the flood subsided, bringing with them three grains of corn and three beans. The rocks were so soft that their feet sank into them, leaving footprints that can still be seen today. They planted the corn, slept and dreamed, and harvested. All Tarahumares are descended from them. ||
South American stories also have references to the common ancestry of plant-foods and their distribution with a deluge:
||Acawai (Orinoco): Makunaima created the birds and animals and put his son, Sigu, in charge of them. Makunaima created a great tree from which all food plants grew. Agouti discovered it first but kept it secret, but Sigu sent Rat to follow him, and the secret was out. Sigu decided it would be best to chop down the tree and plant the seeds and cuttings so that the food would be widespread.||
||Arekuna (Guyana): Shortly after people arrived on earth, all crops grew on a single tree. The culture hero Makunaima and his four brothers cut down the tree, and water immediately poured from the stump, and with it came fish. One of the brothers made a basket to stop the water, but Makunaima wanted a few more fish for the rivers. When he lifted the basket just a little, water came out full force, flooding the earth. Some people survived in canoes or by climbing tall palms until the water subsided.||
As well as food provisions there is a theme shared with Flood stories of the Asian Pacific Rim --- work done by day, is undone by someone who advises that a flood is coming and preparations should be made.
||Huichol (western Mexico): A man clearing fields found the trees regrown overnight. On the fifth day of this, he found that the Grandmother Nakawe, goddess of the earth, did this, because she wanted to talk to him. She told him that he was working in vain because a flood was coming in five days. Per her instructions, he built a box from the fig tree and entered it with five grains of corn and beans of each color, fire with five squash stems to feed it, and a black bitch......||
||Tepecano (southeast of Huichols): A man cleared trees every morning and found them regrown overnight. He spied and found an old man had been doing this. The old man told him not to work anymore because a flood was coming, and instead to build an ark and take on it pairs of all animals, corn, and water......||
And as with East Asian Flood myths there are also references to development of languages in American Flood stories:
||Nahua (central Mexico): The deluge overwhelmed mankind. Only a man named Coxcox (some call him Teocipactli) and a woman named Xochiquetzal survived in a small bark. They landed on a mountain called Colhuacan and had many children. These children were all born dumb until a dove from a lofty tree gave them languages, but different languages so that they couldn't understand each other.
||Tlaxcalan (central Mexico): Men who survived the deluge were turned into monkeys, but they slowly recovered speech and reason.||
Just as there are references to pre-Flood giants in the Ezra Bible, so are they found in some Flood stories of the Americas. And Oahspe explains the existence of giants in the context of mankind's condition prior to the Flood :
||Zapotec (Oaxaca, southern Mexico): The earth was dark and cold. The only inhabitants were giants, and God was angry with them for their idolatry. Some giants, feeling that a flood was coming, carved underground houses for themselves out of great slabs of rock. Some thus escaped destruction and may still be found hidden in certain caverns. Other giants hid in the forests and became monkeys. ||
||Pawnee (Nebraska): The first people on the earth were giants, very big and strong. They did not believe in the creator Ti-ra-wa. They thought nothing could overcome them. They grew increasingly worse. At last Ti-ra-wa grew angry and raised the water to the level of the land so that the ground became soft. The giants sank into the mud and drowned. Their bones can still be found today. Ti-ra-wa then created a man and woman, like people of today, and gave them corn. The Pawnees are descended from them.||
|| Ezra Bible: There were giants (Nephelim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.||
Oahspe, The Lord's First Book (11/1.29 - 40):
||But there were giants (druks) in those days and in time after that; and my chosen came to them, and they bore children to them also. And their flesh became corrupt, so that vermin inhabited them from their birth to their death. And they became rotten in the head with catarrh; and in the throat with ulcers and running sores; and in the lungs and joints with the poison of death. And the offspring that was born to them came forth afflicted with the sins of their fathers and mothers, to linger in misery or to die in infancy. And they thus peopled heaven with untimely births and with spirits of darkness, who, in return, came back and re-afflicted mortals.
And I said: I will destroy man from the face of the earth, for the flesh of man is corrupt; by the eating of flesh and unwise cohabitation he has corrupted his race upon the earth. And I, the Lord, called to my chosen, who were persecuted and hidden away in the valleys and mountains, even on the tops of the mountains, in the land of Whaga (Pan). And I said to them: Because you have kept my commandments, come forth and hear the word of the Lord your God. || And they came out from their hiding places, thousands and thousands of them. And I sent my angels to them, saying to my angels:
Say to my chosen: This is the word of the Lord your God: You have found favor in my sight, for of all that are on the earth, you alone have kept my commandments; and you have seen righteousness in the seed of your generations. Go, therefore, and build enough ships for my chosen, and get within, where none can pursue or destroy. For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, even above the highest mountains; for I will destroy its corruption, and purge it of all uncleanness. Take, therefore, food that is good to eat, and gather it into the ships; for the flood shall remain one hundred and fifty days, and you shall come forth and not find anything to eat.
And the angels of the Lord went to the Faithists in God and inspired them to build ships, both in the valleys and on the mountains; for two whole years they built them, and then they were completed. And the angels of heaven numbered the ships, and there were one hundred and thirty-eight. And the ships stood on the mountains and in valleys; but of all the ships that had been built, not one stood near the waters. And the earth stood in the arc of Noe in the firmament of heaven, in the place and grade of six hundred in the a'ji'an roads, twenty-four thousand years before kosmon (kosmon began 1849 c.e.).||
The conditions before the Flood in the following tale concur with Oahspe's description of the degenerated condition of man other than the I'hins. Specifically it appears to be alluding to the widespread fetaling and vampiring behaviour of dark earthbound spirits upon each other and the mortals of the earth.
||Tzeltal (Chiapas, southern Mexico): Through a misunderstanding, a wife killed and cooked her child. She and her husband ate it and enjoyed it, and soon everyone was killing and cooking children. God became angry and sent a deluge......||
Oahspe relates that the pre-Flood races of I'huan, regressed to become Barbarian Druks. They were spiritually so degraded that they were no longer capable of eternal life. This theme is highlighted in the following Flood story which also describes the carnivorous behavior that lowered their grade. The survivors of the Flood were herbivorous I'hins, the only inhabitants of the continent of Pan who were virtuous enough to carry the seed of everlasting life forward to future humanity.
||Quiche (Guatemala): The wooden people, an early version of humanity, were imperfect because there was nothing in their hearts and minds, and they did not remember Heart of Sky. So Heart of Sky destroyed them with a flood. He sent down a black rain of resin; animals came into their houses and attacked them; and even pots and stones crushed them. The dogs and turkeys told them, "You caused us pain, you ate us. Now we eat you." Their other animals and implements likewise turned on them. They tried to escape onto their houses, into trees, and into caves, but the houses collapsed, the trees threw them off, and the caves slammed shut. Today's monkeys are a sign of these people, mere manikins. This was before the sun dawned on the earth.||
Guatemala's Flood stories (as may be expected since it was here that the survivors of Pan, the I'hins, the sacred little people landed) have interesting allusions to little people and the great pre-Flood cities of stone in Pan. There are also references to the various races of man before the Flood and the knowledge that the present race of man is a combination of all of these earlier races. The time of darkness before the Flood and the separation of the sky from the earth, all described in Oahspe, as well as the rim of the vortex striking the earth are also found in the themes of the Mayan Flood stories below:
||Maya (southern Mexico and Guatemala): The Puzob, an industrious dwarf people, were the first inhabitants of the earth. God destroyed them with a flood because of their carelessness in their observation of custom. They heard that a terrible storm was coming, so they put some stones in a pond and sat on them, but the dwarfs were all destroyed......||
||In the first period of the world lived the Saiyamkoob, "the Adjusters," a dwarf race which built cities now in ruins. They worked in darkness, as the sun had not yet appeared. When it did, they turned to stone, and their images can be found in the ruins. Food for the workers was lowered by rope from the sky, but the rope was cut, the blood ran out of it, and the earth and sky separated. This period ended with water over the earth. The Tsolob, "the Offenders," lived in the second period. These, too were destroyed by a flood. The Maya reigned during the third period, but their period was also ended by flood. The fourth and present age is peopled by a mixture of all previous races.||
||......After people were created, the sky fell upon the earth, and the waters followed them. The world was destroyed. The four Bacab gods managed to escape and now hold up the four corners of the sky.||
The lifting of the dark earthbound heavens over Pan (which were raised up by the Chief God Aph and his companion Gods as related in Oahspe) is alluded to in the following Flood story in the ascension of darkness from the earth associated with the Flood and sudden loss of mortal life. The knowledge of the spiritual event of the upliftment of the heavens of Pan that this story represents had to have been first received by the I'hins who could hear the Angels of God:
||Pamary, Abedery, and Kataushy (Purus R., Brazil): Once upon a time, people heard a rumbling above and below the ground; the sun and moon turned red, blue, and yellow; and wild beasts mingled fearlessly with man. A month later, they saw darkness ascending from the earth to the sky, accompanied by a roar and by thunder and heavy rain. Everything was in dreadful confusion. Some people lost themselves. Some died without knowing why. The water rose to cover the earth, and people took refuge in the highest trees. There they perished from cold and hunger, for it continued to be dark and rainy. Only Uassu and his wife survived......||
The condition of humankind by the time just prior to the Flood had deteriorated so much that, except for the I'hins, mankind had lost the light of eternal spirit. This descent into darkness was evidenced in the general loss of virtue such as uprightness (spiritual and physical), speech and social order including widespread incest. This loss of virtue and the following Flood is analogized in the following story. The sweeping eastward of the Pan survivors landing in Guatama (Guatamala) and the travel westward of the Pan survivors who landed in Ham (Africa) is also included as a prophecy of reunion which finally occurred 25,000 years later in 1849 when the earth had been circumscribed from east to west (Oahspe) from The land of the rising sun, Japan, a remnant of Pan to the Western Coast of Guatama.
||Canelos Quechua, Ecuador: Quilla, the moon, had sex with his bird sister, Jilucu. From this union came the stars, as people. Quilla always came unseen at night. One night Jilucu smeared genipa juice on his face, telling him it would make him feel fresh. By morning the juice turned dark, and Jilucu saw that her lover was the moon. The stars also knew from the moon's spotted face that they were descended from an incestuous relationship. They all cried, and their crying produced rain, earthquake, and flood. Volcanoes erupted, new hills formed, rivers swelled; the earth people were swept eastward by a great river into the sea. From this river came the sun, who began his regular course and brought an orderly axis to the world. The moon and stars lost much of their power because of the incestuous relationship, making night lose most of its light. The people were separated from one another and had to work their way westward, having many adventures along the way.||
Like other stories of the Pacific Islands and the Asia Pacific Rim, South America also has many references to high mountains where a few people survived, here is one example with the ubiquitous number five:
||Yamana (Tierra del Fuego): The moon-woman Hanuxa caused the flood because she was full of hatred against the people, especially the men, who had taken over the women's secret kina ceremony and made it their own. A few people survived on five mountaintops.||
The I'hin tribe of Shem were the ancestors of the Vind'yu (Indian) people and included in their sacred history is the well known story of Manu and the fish.
The variation of Seven Sages instead of Manu's family may be a reference to Fleets of survivors as well as the seven tetracts which were placed on the shoulders of man (became his responsibility) following the Flood as explained in Oahspe:
Oahspe, Book of Aph, Chapter 13, Verses 9 - 12; (10/13.9 - 12):
||God said: Instruct the Lords that the time has now come to reveal to mortals, especially to the I'hins, the seven tetracts; for, as the ashars (guardian angels) are withdrawn a pace, so shall mortals advance a pace.
Which is to say: These are the inheritances of all men born on the earth: Anash, which is persistent stubbornness, by word or thought; Zimmah, wicked device; Ra, delight in being bad; Belyyaal, worthlessness; Aven, vanity and self‑conceit; Dibbah, slander and reporting of evils; and Sa'tan, to be a leader, and especially to the delight of the other six entities.
These are the members of the beast of all men and women under the sun; nor is any one without them in some manner or degree. Go, therefore, to the Lords and say to them: Jehovih has set the beginning of the resurrection through Aph, His Son, Chief of the arc of Noe, to lay the tetracts on the shoulders of mortals.
The marshals of the Council provided messengers who were immediately sent down to the different divisions of the earth; for the tetracts were some of the words selected in heaven to be given as everlasting names, by which, in after ages, the tribes of Faithists could be discovered; and they were given alike to the Faithists of Guatama, Jaffeth, Shem and Ham, who were the sons of the arc of Noe preserved on the earth in that day. For these words, inherited by the Hebraic, Vedic and Algonquin languages, were provided to be synonymous till the coming of the Kosmon era.||