Friday, December 9, 2011

Deucalion......myth or legend?

Wiki: In Greek mythology Deucalion was a son of Prometheus and Pronoia. The anger of Zeus was ignited by the hubris of the Pelasgians, and he decided to put an end to the Bronze Age. Lycaon, the king of Arcadia, had sacrificed a boy to Zeus, who was appalled by this savage offering. Zeus loosed a deluge, so that the rivers ran in torrents and the sea flooded the coastal plain, engulfed the foothills with spray, and washed everything clean. Deucalion, with the aid of his father Prometheus, was saved from this deluge by building a chest. Like his Biblical equivalent Noah and Mesopotamian counterpart Utnapishtim, he uses his chest to save himself and his wife, Pyrrha.

Deucalion is parallel to Biblical Noah and to Utnapishtim, the survivor of the Sumerian flood that is told in the Epic of Gilgamesh.[1][2] Deucalion's name comes from δεύκος déucos, a variant of γλεύκος, "sweet new wine, must, sweetness"[3] + ἁλιεύς haliéus "sailor, seaman, fisher".[4] His wife Pyrrha's name is derived from the adjective πυρρός, -ά, -όν pyrrós, -á, -ón, meaning "flaming (figuratively, never with actual fire)" or "flame-colored, orange".

Deucalion's flood may be dated in the chronology of Saint Jerome to ca. 1460 BC.


Could it be that this Greek mythological character was created in memory of a tsunami caused by the Santorini eruption? The dates seem to match up well. The fact the story (in full in Wiki) is so similar to the story of Noah suggests a link between the Hebrews and the Greeks. It is possible that refugees of the Santorini eruption fled to Egypt where they worked for food and lodgings and became known as 'Habiru', which seems to have been the catch-all term given to people living on the edge of Egyptian society. It is also possible the Hebrews were all Habiru.

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