The Berlin Wall

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Great Floods of Destruction! The stories of the Epic of Gilgamesh and Genesis 6-9 are both about great floods of destruction that almost wiped out the human race, as well as everything on the planet. Even though both stories are about great floods, they have some similarities and many differences.

The similarities of the two stories are that in Genesis God was very angry at the human race, and also in The Epic of Gilgamesh the gods were angry at the humans. God in Genesis was angry at the evil in the world, and the gods in the other story were angry at the noise the humans made. Both Noah and Utnapishtim sent out many birds to give them a sign that there was dry land. Finally both Noah and Utnapishtim had divine warnings by their god(s) to build an ark to be safe from the flood.

Even though the stories are a lot alike, they are different in many ways.

The first is that the flood in the bible was 40 days and 40 nights, and the flood in The Epic of Gilgamesh was only 6 days and 6 nights. Noah was a very nice and wonderful guy, and Utnapistim was a very greedy person. Noah brought bare essentials, and Utnapishtim brought gold and wine. Last but not least, the god in Genesis made a decision and stuck with it without feeling bad, but in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the gods felt bad about killing most of the humans.

In Conclusion The major points of these stories are similar, but if read close enough, they are totally different. This shows how much religions will change the story to fit individual beliefs.