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Monday, October 1, 2012
The Stories Of Mountain-High Flood
A number of tribes in inland Indonesia have one form of
flood story or another that is free from the influence of the religions of the
book. Because of that, a scholar from University of Oxford believed that the
story of flood is originated from Indonesia since the Ice Age.
In this matter, Professor Stephen Oppenheimer who authored
the book “Eden in The East: The Sunken Continent in Southeast Asia”.
Oppenheimer has made his observations from inland of Papua to Kalimantan found
out that there are many diverse stories concerning the stories of flood in
Indonesia and surrounding areas compared from rest of the world.
Muslims, Christian and Jewish are not alien to the flood of
Prophet Noah (Nabi Nuh) from the holy books. While from other ancient civilizations
from Mesopotamia to India and Greece have individual flood story similar to the
story of Prophet Noah. However the stories of flood in Indonesia and
surrounding regions are quite different.
Oppenheimer has collected story such as “the mountain-high
flood” from Sabang to Merauke that is not the same as the story of Noah’s
flood. Part of the flood stories in Indonesia did not have the description of
survival with boat.
So Oppenheimer’s guess was the inland tribes of Indonesia especially
in the East of Indonesia, are the descendents from the survivors of Ice Age. Part
of the fairytale told was that their ancestors climbed up to the pinnacle of
the mountain to escape the flood.
There are a few animals played very important role in this
natural disaster. For example according to the native of Alor in NTT, a
gigantic sawfish has sunken the continent and saw it into small islands.
The community in Seram Island has story that their ancestors
were saved by a sea hawk that has brought them to an island. The Toraja
community also has tales regarding mountain-high flood and they save themselves
by climbing into pig’s feeding container.
The Ot Danum Dayak tribe in the Southern Kalimantan also has
story about massive flood that has sunken the continent except of two
mountains. Their ancestors survived by hiking onto the top of the mountains.
While the Dayak Iban tribes have their own version of Prophet Noah named Trow
who has saved himself by climbing onto a mortar bringing his farm animals.
There are many more fairytales concerning flooding mentioned
by Oppenheimer in his 814 pages book. Where undeniably that there are
similarities with the story of Noah’s flood; the overall storylines are different
from the great flood described in the holy books. Or in that matter, different
from other ancient civiliazations.
Because of that, Oppenheimer has concluded that the flood
fairytales in Nusantara region are original; much earlier than the incoming of
Islam and Christianity into this area. It is also Oppenheimer’s opinion that it
is most probable Indonesia and the area around Southeast Asia is the continent
that sunk during the great flood at the end of Ice Age.
Do you have your own versions of great flood to share?