It might seem crazy, but great flood stories can be found all over the world. In fact, over 200 flood myths and stories exist. What is even more bizarre is that many of them generally follow the same theme of a deity or deities sending a flood as retribution against humanity, while a small remnant lives on to repopulate the earth. Not all follow this structure, but the idea of a great flood still links them all together. It makes you wonder if a great flood really happened in history. Curious to hear the many tales of our forebears? Let’s dive in. Here are 25 Great Flood Stories Found Around The World.
Legend of Trentren Vilu and Caicai Vilu
The Legend of Trentren Vilu and Caicai Vilu comes from the mountains of southern Chile and the Chilean archipelago and is about the god of the Earth and the god of the sea, two giant snakes, waging battle with each other. Caicai Vilu covered much of the land with water but Trentren Vilu, the god of Earth, eventually won the battle. It was not without costs, of course, making what Chile and the archipelago are today.
Unu Pachakuti is an Incan flood myth. In the story, the creator god, Con Tici Viracocha, created a race of giants out of large stones but killed them in a flood because they were uncontrollable. Afterward, he created humanity with smaller stones.
In Ancient Greece, Deucalion was the son of the Titan Prometheus. When Zeus wanted to destroy humanity because they were mean, greedy, and disobedient, Deucalion pleaded with him to have mercy, but Zeus had made up his mind. Deucalion took his father’s advice and built an ark to save himself from the flood created by Zeus. A generation of men was killed by the flood except for Deucalion, his wife, and those that made it to the mountains.
Väinämöinen's Blood Flood
In Finnish mythology, the epic hero Väinämöinen builds a boat on top of a mountain, but the devil hits him with an ax and floods the world with his blood. Väinämöinen takes the boat to travel to Pohjola where culture starts anew.
In Maori mythology, Tawhaki causes a flood to destroy the village of his two jealous brothers-in-law. He warns his own village to go up into the mountain of Hikurangi so they will be spared.