NextPrevious

Middle Eastern Mythologies

Inanna’s Descent

Was there a flood in Sumerian mythology?

We know that there was a Sumerian flood myth on which the Babylonian flood story contained in the Gilgamesh epic was based. The Sumerian fragments tell us that the gods punished humans by sending a flood. Only the good king Ziusudra and, presumably, some followers, were spared. Having been told by Enki how to construct a ship to ride out the storm, Ziusudra survives the flood in his ark.



This cuneiform tablet, housed at the British Museum, is the eleventh in the Gilgamesh epic. It describes a flood much like the one Noah survives in the Bible.

Close

This is a web preview of the "The Handy Mythology Answer Book" app. Many features only work on your mobile device. If you like what you see, we hope you will consider buying. Get the App