<I think we agree. If my memory serves me right, flood stories have been
<found all over the world, including among American Indians, and in Papua
I am new to this list so this may have been addressed at length
earlier. However, shouldn't almost every ancient society have a story
of a great flood? Since groups of people require fresh water, many
settlements were built along a body of water and, if the settlement is
in place long enough, there would be a flood. For example if there had
been a primitive society north of St. Louis when the Mississippi
flooded a few years ago, that society would now be passing down
stories of a great flood that covered almost everything. To them,
their whole world would have been flooded. No doubt there were
settlements of Native Americans in that very place hundreds of years
ago and, equally without doubt, the Mississippi would have flooded.
Again, if this has already been discussed, please pardon my newness.