Flood stories are pretty common among ancient people’s legends. These legends are found in virtually every ancient culture from ancient times on the globe. They all seem to have some common themes. For example, there are always survivors who eventually repopulate the world and these people survived by going inside some sort of boat sometimes taking animals inside with them. Anthropologists who study folktales from different cultures estimate there are at least 500 flood legends from around the world. Following are a few of those legends.
Of course the billion dollar question is how did so many cultures in so many different places come up with almost the SAME flood stories????
Toltec Legend of a Great Flood
According to the legends of the Toltec of ancient Mexico the 1st World lasted 1,716 years and was destroyed by a great flood that covered even the highest mountains. The legend goes on to say that a few men and women escaped the flood by going into a “toptlipetlocali” meaning a closed chest.
Following this great flood the people came out of the closed chest emerging into the 2nd world and began to roam the earth and they also began to multiply again. They built a high “zacuali” (great tower) to provide a safe place if the world were to be destroyed again. However, the language of the people became confused so different language groups began wandering to other parts of he world (sounds a bit like the biblical story of the Tower of Babel?).
The Toltec legend goes on to say that the Toltec began a family of seven friends and their wives who all spoke the same language. They crossed great waters (the ocean?) and lived in caves for a time and they wandered about for 104 years until they came to Huc Huc Tlapallan (southern Mexico/Central America) 520 years after the deluge.
Aztec Legend of a Great Flood
The Aztecs also had a story of a global flood that was very similar to that of Noah’s Flood found in the Bible. In the Aztec account only two people survived the global deluge. A hero by the name of Coxcox was one of the two who survived the flood and the other survivor was his wife. They survived by floating in a boat that eventually came to rest on a dry mountaintop.
Soon after this global flood the Aztec legend says giants constructed a great pyramid in an effort to reach the clouds. However, the gods were angered by this so the gods scattered these giants with fire sent down upon them from the heavens above.
Tezpi Flood Legend
The Tezpi were another ancient tribe of Mexico and they had a global flood legend too. In their tale survivors escaped the flood in a boat filled with various animals. Tezpi released a vulture when the rains subsided. The vulture never returned as he was too busy devouring dead bodies killed in the flood. Tezpi next sent out a hummingbird which returned to him carrying a twig. This story is very similar to that of the biblical Noah who allegedly built an ark and filled it with pairs of animals of each kind. Noah sent out a raven that never returned and a dove who returned with an olive branch.
Ancient Flood Stories from China
In the lands of China there are many legends of a great flood. One comes from a people known as the Nosu. In their legends, god sent a messenger to the Earth to warn three sons of an impending deluge. The only one of the three sons to heed the warning of this messenger was the youngest son whose name was Dum.
Dum began building a boat out of wood and when the waters began to arrive he got into the boat and stayed there until the waters subsided. Thus, he was saved from the great deluge. The boat with Dum inside came to rest somewhere in the mountains of Tibet. There Dum and his three sons began to repopulate the Earth. Apparently, there were others inside the boat with Dum.