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Atlantis & The Great Flood...

Okay, so this just popped in my head. We all know the story of Atlantis and we all know the stories surrounding the Great Flood. Both Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic paths have the story in one form or another.

Now, here is what I was thinking... What if the story of the Flood and the story of Atlantis are one in the same? Many people believe that the "great flood" didn't actually cover the entire world, just the entire known world. So, what if the entire known world was Atlantis and the entire thing was wiped out by a flood or tidal wave and sank in to the ocean leaving those that survived to drift until they came to a new land mass...

It would make sense that the survivors would embellish their story and as the myth was handed down from generation to generation it would be embellished further with the beliefs of the then teller... Until it evolved to what we know today...

Thoughts?? - Sorry, my brain is bored...

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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 12:57 PM on Dec. 3, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Have you ever read the myth about Tantalus? It's VERY similar to the one about Atlantis and could very well be where the story came from. This is a very good book about it and the Tantalus theory is addressed about halfway down the synopsis on the page:


    Answer by IhartU at 1:21 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • stretchin :-) The entire earth was covered and only survivors were Noah and his family.

    Answer by Shaneagle777 at 1:22 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Shanegle - Only the Abrahamic Myth about the flood is like that. There are versions of the Great Flood in many many other religious traditions and they do not all end that way. There is much scientific belief that the Flood COULD have actually happened, but that it would have only happened in the KNOWN world. People in those days never would have had the technology to know if the entire world was covered or not... A flood that covered their entire known world would have been seen as covering the entire world...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 1:37 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • I think the real stretch here is that some guy built a boat with the technology & materials available in that day & time that could survive a massive flood while loaded down with all those critters... and then the world was repopulated through incest.

    Interesting take on the Atlantis thing... I'd have to look into it a little more. I do believe in Atlantis, though, if that counts for anything. :-)

    Answer by Laura1229 at 1:45 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Not so much...sorry.
    Im pretty sure the whole Earth was covered and no one but Noah and his family survived. That was the whole point of the story.

    Answer by amber710 at 2:05 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Makes sense to me. The flood waters couldn't have possibly covered the entire world.

    Answer by RhondaVeggie at 2:12 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • stretchin :-) The entire earth was covered and only survivors were Noah and his family.

    so, you're saying that you believe in the fairy tale?
    it is genetically impossible for a small hand full of survivors to repopulate without incest generating mass defects that would eventually wipe clean their ability to procreate and reproduce viable offspring.
    *sigh* people will believe anything... any mystic force (farce), omnipresent being, force of the universe. even this.

    Answer by ObbyDobbie at 2:50 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • interesting idea! ive always taken Noah's Ark to be only the known world & possibly over-exaggerated in the way you said (embellished over the tellings). i think its very possible that something like that happened seeing as there are numerous non-Biblical stories about a "great flood".

    Answer by okmanders at 3:24 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • "*sigh* people will believe anything... any mystic force (farce), omnipresent being, force of the universe. even this."

    Oh thank you, all wise Atheist for letting everyone know they are stupid & gullible for their beliefs. You are so much smarter than everyone for not being taken in by the fairy tales. You get a cookie!!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:35 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

  • Oh you have a wandering mind too, like me sometimes? lol I like your story. I once heard somewhere(???) that the first time it DID rain on earth, it was the 40 day/40nights, Noah's flood like in the bible. So it could be possible that Atlantas existed, but with no survivors. Huh? Yeah? No? lol

    Answer by 3gigglemonsters at 4:05 PM on Dec. 3, 2009

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