Welcome to Flood Stories

EuropeNear EastAfricaAsia — Australia — Pacific Islands — North America — Central America — South America


Flood Stories is a free, online academic database of primary sources of flood stories from all over the world. As such, it functions as a non-integral part of my Ph.D.

The numbering and ordering of the flood stories and references is inspired by and built upon this article on The TalkOrigins Archive: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/flood-myths.
The advantage of this system is that it is quite intuitive and one should be able to find a particular tradition or narrative with relative ease. It can also be easily expanded (as it is here) with new traditions and references.
A disadvantage is that the main groupings by continent and language are partly intuitive and occasionally arbitrary. Besides that, I have also slightly “flattened” the hierarchy that was used, only distinguishing between (sub-)continent and language before reaching the level of the story or tradition. The fourth level is the level of “version” which is either the original language or a translation into a modern language. I strive to always include the original language and one modern English translation (preferably less than 50, certainly less than 100 years old).

As for the titles given to the flood stories, those are often of my own making. Titles were decided upon after an initial, exploratory reading and not an in-depth study, hence they are not intended as definitive and could be subject to change.

Finally, please note that I will be including flood stories that are very much unlike the Biblical flood story, as well as fragments and passing references that hardly qualify as a “story”. Therefore, it is unwise to add up the stories and so give a tally of how many flood stories any particular region or continent has.

Collection of primary sources of flood stories

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