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Startling Similarity between Hindu Flood Legend of Manu and the Biblical Account of Noah

(In 1872, the amateur Assyriologist, George Smith, made a discovery that would shock the world. Whilst studying a particular tablet from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Nineveh, he comes across a story that many would have been familiar with. When Smith succeeded in deciphering the text, he realized that the tablet contained an ancient Mesopotamian myth that paralleled the story of Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament.

Today, we are aware that flood myths are found not only in Near Eastern societies, but also in many other ancient civilizations throughout the world. Accounts of a great deluge are seen in ancient Sumerian tablets, the Deucalion in Greek mythology, the lore of the K’iche’ and Maya peoples in Mesoamerica, the Gun-Yu myth of China, the stories of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa tribe of North America, and the stories of the Muisca people, to name but a few. One of the oldest and most interesting accounts originates in Hindu mythology, and while there are discrepancies, it does bear fascinating similarity to the story of Noah and his ark.)

‘The Deluge’ by Francis Danby, 1840.

‘The Deluge’ by Francis Danby, 1840. (Wikimedia Commons)

Mitos Hindu banjir  ditemukan dalam beberapa sumber yang berbeda. Catata awal dikatakan telah ditulis dalam Veda Satapatha Brahmana, sementara catatan kemudian dapat ditemukan dalam Purana, termasuk Bhagavata Purana dan Matsya Purana, serta dalam Mahabharata. Apapun, semua catatan tersebut setuju bahwa karakter utama dari cerita banjir adalah pria bernama Manu Vaivasvata. Seperti Nabi Nuh, Manu digambarkan sebagai individu yang berbudi luhur. The Satapatha Brahmana, misalnya, telah mengatakan tentang Manu: “Hiduplah dalam waktu kuno orang suci / Disebut Manu, yang, oleh sholat dan doa, telah memenangkan mendukung Tuhan penguasa surga.”

Manu dikatakan memiliki tiga putra sebelum banjir – Charma, Sharma, dan Yapeti, sementara Noah juga memiliki tiga anak – Ham, Sem, Yafet dan.

(The Hindu flood myth is found in several different sources. The earliest account is said to have been written in the Vedic Satapatha Brahmana, whilst later accounts can be found in the Puranas, including the Bhagavata Purana and the Matsya Purana, as well as in the Mahabharata. Regardless, all these accounts agree that the main character of the flood story is a man named Manu Vaivasvata. Like Noah, Manu is described as a virtuous individual. The Satapatha Brahmana, for instance, has this to say about Manu: “There lived in ancient time a holy man / Called Manu, who, by penances and prayers, / Had won the favour of the lord of heaven.”

Manu was said to have three sons before the flood – Charma, Sharma, and Yapeti, while Noah also had three sons – Ham, Shem, and Japheth.)

Both Noah and Manu are described as virtuous men.  ‘Noah and his Ark’ by Charles Wilson Peale, 1819

Both Noah and Manu are described as virtuous men.  ‘Noah and his Ark’ by Charles Wilson Peale, 1819 (Wikimedia Commons)

Dalam Kitab Kejadian, penyebab kehancuran manusia diceritakan seperti itu, “Dan Allah melihat bahwa kejahatan manusia besar di bumi, dan bahwa segala kecenderungan hatinya selalu membuahkan kejahatan semata. / Dan itu TUHAN bertobat  bahwa Ia telah menjadikan manusia di bumi, dan hal itu memilukan hati-Nya. / Dan Tuhan berkata, Aku akan menghapuskan manusia yang telah Kuciptakan itu dari muka bumi; baik manusia, dan binatang, dan binatang melata, dan unggas di udara; sebab Aku menyesal, bahwa Aku telah menjadikan mereka. “

(In the Book of Genesis, the cause of mankind’s destruction is given as such, “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.”)

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 1 (Genesis 7, 11-14), 1552.

Augsburger Wunderzeichenbuch, Folio 1 (Genesis 7, 11-14), 1552. (Wikimedia Commons)

Dalam kisah Manu, namun, kehancuran dunia diperlakukan sebagai bagian dari tatanan alam hal, bukan sebagai hukuman ilahi. Hal ini ditulis dalam Matsya Purana bahwa “Manu kemudian pergi ke kaki Gunung Malaya dan mulai melakukan tapasya (meditasi). Ribuan dan ribuan tahun berlalu. Demikianlah kekuatan meditasi Manu sehingga Brahma muncul di hadapannya. “Saya senang dengan doa-doa Anda,” kata Brahma. “Meminta anugerah [kebaikan].” “Saya hanya punya satu keuntungan untuk meminta,” jawab Manu. “Cepat atau lambat akan ada kerusakan (pralaya) dan dunia tidak akan ada lagi. Saya harap memberikan keuntungan yang akan saya yang akan menyelamatkan dunia dan yang dimulai pada saat kehancuran. “Brahma telah mudah memberikan anugerah ini.”

(In the story of Manu, however, the destruction of the world is treated as part of the natural order of things, rather than as a divine punishment. It is written in the Matsya Purana that “Manu then went to the foothills of Mount Malaya and started to perform tapasya (meditation). Thousands and thousands of years passed. Such were the powers of Manu‘s meditation that Brahma appeared before him. “I am pleased with your prayers,” said Brahma. “Ask for a boon [favor].” “I have only one boon to ask for,” replied Manu. “Sooner or later there will be a destruction (pralaya) and the world will no longer exist. Please grant me the boon that it will be I who will save the world and its begins at the time of the destruction.” Brahma readily granted this boon.”)

Dalam mitos banjir dari Perjanjian Lama, Allah yang menyelamatkan Nuh dengan menginstruksikan dia untuk membangun sebuah bahtera. Dalam versi cerita,Hindu  juga melalui campur tangan ilahi, dalam bentuk Dewa Wisnu, bahwa sejumlah manusia yang diselamatkan dari  kehancuran. Dalam cerita ini, tuhan tampaknya Manu dalam bentuk ikan kecil sementara ia melakukan wudhu di kolam. Manu terus menjadi ikan, yang tumbuh sangat cepat sehingga tubuhnya menduduki seluruh laut dalam hitungan hari. Saat itulah Wisnu mengungkapkan identitasnya kepada Manu, menceritakan tentang kehancuran yang akan datang, dan cara untuk menyelamatkan umat manusia. Ada juga perahu besar yang terlibat dalam cerita ini juga. Wisnu menginstruksikan Manu untuk membangun sebuah perahu dan mengisinya dengan hewan dan benih untuk terisi kembali bumi:

(In the flood myth from the Old Testament, God who saves Noah by instructing him to build an Ark. In the Hindu version of the story, it is also through divine intervention, in the form of the god Vishnu, that mankind is preserved from total destruction. In this story, the god appears to Manu in the form of a little fish whilst he was performing his ablutions in a pond. Manu kept the fish, which grew so quickly that its body occupied the entire ocean in a matter of days. It was then that Vishnu revealed his identity to Manu, told him about the impending destruction, and the way to save humanity. There is also a large boat involved in this story too. Vishnu instructed Manu to build a boat and fill it with animals and seeds to repopulate the earth:)

O manusia yang  baik hati , Anda memiliki kepedulian di dalam hati Anda, dengarkan sekarang. Dunia segera akan tenggelam oleh banjir besar, dan semuanya akan binasa. Anda harus membangun bahtera yang kuat, dan membawa serta tali di kapal. Anda juga harus mengambil dengan Anda Tujuh Sages *orang Bijksana), yang telah ada sejak awal waktu, dan biji benih segala sesuatu dan pasangan masing-masing hewan, ketika Anda siap, saya akan datang kepada Anda sebagai Ikan dan saya akan memiliki tanduk di kepala saya . Jangan lupa kata-kata saya, tanpa saya Anda tidak bisa lepas dari banjir.

Ketika saatnya tiba, Manu adalah untuk mengikat perahu untuk tanduk ikan, sehingga bisa menyeret sekitar. Menariknya, ini tidak akan menjadi satu-satunya waktu yang Vishnu menghemat umat manusia dari kehancuran, karena ia akan muncul kembali sebagai avatar selama waktu untuk melestarikan kehidupan di bumi.

(O kind-hearted man, you have care in your heart, listen now. Soon the world will be submerged by a great flood, and everything will perish. You must build strong ark, and take along rope on board. you must also take with you the Seven Sages, who have existed since the beginning of time, and seeds of all things and pair of each animal, when you are ready, I will come to you as Fish and I will have horns on my head. Do not forget my words, without me you cannot escape from the flood.

When the time came, Manu was to tie the boat to the horn of fish, so that it could be dragged around. Interestingly, this would not be the only time that Vishnu saves mankind from destruction, as he would re-appear as avatars over the course of time to preserve life on earth.)

Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text.

Incarnation of Vishnu as a Fish, from a devotional text. (Wikimedia Commons)

Setelah banjir, Bahtera Nuh dikatakan telah beristirahat di pegunungan Ararat. Demikian pula, perahu Manu digambarkan sebagai sedang bertengger di atas berbagai gunung (yang Pegunungan Malaya alam hal ini) ketika air telah surut. Keturunan Kedua Noah dan Manu kemudian dikatakan mengisi  kembali penduduk bumi, dan semua manusia bisa melacak nenek moyang mereka untuk salah satu dari korban banjir tersebut.

(After the flood, Noah’s Ark is said to have rested on mountains of Ararat. Similarly, Manu’s boat was described as being perched on the top of a range of mountains (the Malaya Mountains in this case) when the waters had subsided. Both Noah and Manu were then said to repopulate the earth, and all human beings could trace their ancestry to either one of these flood survivors.)

‘Noah's ark on Mount Ararat’ by Simon de Myle, 1570 AD.

‘Noah’s ark on Mount Ararat’ by Simon de Myle, 1570 AD. (Wikimedia Commons)

Featured image: Matsya protecting Svayambhuva Manu and the seven sages at the time of Deluge (Wikimedia Commons)

References

International Gita Society, 2015. All 18 Major Puranas. [Online]
Available at: http://www.gita-society.com/scriptures/ALL18MAJORPURANAS.IGS.pdf

The Bible: Standard King James Version, 2015. [Online]
Available at: http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/

Wilkins, W. J., 1900. Hindu Mythology, Vedic and Puranic. [Online]
Available at: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/hmvp/hmvp19.htm

www.bbc.co.uk, 2015. A History of the World in 100 Objects, Episode16: Flood Tablet. [Online]
Available here.

www.mysteryofindia.com, 2014. Similarities between Noah’s Ark and Manu’s Boat. [Online]
Available at: http://www.mysteryofindia.com/2014/12/similarities-noahs-ark-manus-boat.html

www.mythencyclopedia.com, 2015. Floods. [Online]
Available at: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Fi-Go/Floods.html

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