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noah and flood: the real story
This is the story of the man you know as Noah. Yes I am taking you back to bible time, when life was nothing as it appears now. People were very basic. Hunt and gather by day. Sleep by night. Always on the move. Thinking one meal ahead. That’s how early humans came to be. Sticking together and taking what the earth provided. There wasn’t much spare time to sit and ponder.
Noah was born different. He was born to a tribe of people who were located within a fertile valley, which was separated by a tremendous mountain from a great sea. The sea ventured off into rivers and streams that caused flooding in this lowland, but when the flood waters subdued. also made for fertile soil. They learned to farm the luxurious soil. No longer bound by countless hours of hunting or cherry-picking, they soon acquired a surplus of amaranth and wheat. Furthermore They dug their own channels from freshwater lakes, as to make an “assembly line” of water passageways. Using hallowed out tree trunk they were able to transport goods down and up the line. There superior farming skills and irrigation system led to excess grain and storage needs. The people of this isolated community worked together to accomplish a unparalleled feat of societal art. From the outside looking in, it appeared these men were gods in a dream type world. Physically, they were clearly larger than their more primal co-inhabitants. Years of rowing their man-made channels made for broad upper bodies, and extremely muscular figures. Among this clan of giants was born the mightiest of them all. But beside his substantial height and mass, there was something else that made Noah unique.
Noah was born from the tribal leader, his father Mark. In his youth Mark made a epic solo journey to the faraway great sea. His tale spoke of a giant ocean that was never patient and always rumbling. Noah was inspired to have a similar experience, so someday he could reveal great truth to his people as well. This desire for greatness was planted like a seed, and stayed with Noah as reached adolescence. It is this seed of longing and curiosity that set Noah apart. For soon he came face to face with a much colder reality.
Noah’s people had a deep respect for the local crocodile, not only that, they also worshipped them as their “ true god.” They revered the croc above everything else in the known world, placing it on a pedestal above their fellow man. Based on this logic, they raided nearby tribes and captured people to later be offer as sacrifice. They also believed their reptile god communicated to them and so they analyzed the behavior of crocodiles. When a crocodile would act a certain way, this was supposed to be declaration from god. They hosted an annual festival to honor and worship their beloved. Noah was born into this world, where he soon found himself conflicted with morality.
Every year they would get together to build a trap. By digging trenches and leaving bait, they were able to lull nearby crocs inside their complex. At blood moon the people gathered to standby and witness as the trap-door was shut, and a host of crocodiles were stuck inside. The largest croc was crowned this years god, whereas the others were stabbed and jabbed to bloody death. At this time they brought forward the captured slaves they had acquired from the inferior tribes. One by one the slaves were fed to the king croc, or dragon as it was referred by.
The crocodile was kept in a hungry state, especially around festival time. But something extraordinary would happen. Sometimes, the dragon would refuse the human offering. A slave would be thrown into the pit, only to return unscathed. The tribesmen took this as a great proclamation from their god. They viewed it as a divine pardon, and so they would treat any survivor with great esteem. Proclaiming the he was now a new man, devoid of his previous meaningless existence. From this day forth, this man would be clean on his inferiority, and he would now join the ranks of mighty warrior. It was a sort of backward baptism.
Noah was conflicted with the treatment of slaves, and also the warranty of his reptilian counterpart. For in his mind, he still had visions of the mighty sea foretold by his father. To Noah, the mighty crocodile was only a pawn in comparison to the mighty sea. He was very eager to set foot on his own adventure and begin what he hoped would bring him great clarity to his conflicted mind. He set his sight on the great sea and left his people, heading for the uphill climb of stretched mountain side.
Three times Noah was saved along the way. The first was while sleeping in a tree, he was awakened by a disgruntled swarm of oxen. Knowing this meant a cat was on the hunt nearby, he decided to hop on the back of a galloping bull. He feared the bull would buck-off and he would be trampled to death. When the bull delivered him to safety, he hopped off and noticed the reason for the passiveness. The bull was castrated. And so Noah figured that this bull was an anomaly sent to him from above. The next sign appeared as he was attempting to cross a steep river. Halfway across he grew tired and feared he would drown a pointless death. To his amusement, a log floated within his reach. At that moment, he was certain there was a force protecting him.
He deemed were acts of the true God.
Soon in his journey he came across a tribe of people who were much smaller than him. Noah begged for them to show him this epic sea. But they spoke a different language. They were enthralled by the massive size of Noah and immediately made him their god. Just as the crocodile has been his, he was now theirs. Noah thought these people were extremely ugly and hopeless, but he decided to stay for awhile and take a wife. For whatever reason, he thought there was no harm nor shame. Soon after he impregnated his wife Zayna, the tribe-leader announced they were moving to a new spot. They left their former campsite and headed to a new location. After much marching, they came to his final destination, the great sea. For they understood Noah from the beginning, and were eager to witness his reaction upon seeing the feral sea for the first time. Noah was breathless. He had never seen such a body of water, or such torrents, such calamity. It was like coming face to face with God. The tribe leader got to talking, and was rambling on about the last great storm, how the waters turbulence was causing damage to the levee, the thing holding all that water from blitzing the mountains and valleys below. His wife made an insightful comment, saying something about the nearby lakes being polluted with the vomit of god, or with salt water. It was like instantly Noah made the connection in his mind. The levee wasn’t just breaking, it was one more giant storm away from absolute destruction. The ramifications were apparent. Noah had to return home now. He had to warn his people. So he left his wife, and child. He wasn’t but halfway home when he discovered his pregnant wife has followed him. He felt reluctant to bring her home, she felt unworthy to birth the son of god, for which Noah made her promise never to call him god again. He decided to do right by her, as she had helped him in many ways. His faith was now whole.
When Noah returned home, he was sad to hear his father had sacrificed himself to their crocodile god. He was more saddened when the elders refused to listen to his warning, even as he professed his amazing experience and the works of his true protector. He found himself the fool of town, especially after returning with his ugly wife. People thought he had gone mad with deluded judgment. They lived too contemptuously to take such threats with serious consideration. To them, they had already conquered the known world, for long as they seeked wisdom from the lurking reptile. Noah stayed true to his faith, condemning the elders for refusal to act. He also pointed his finger at human sacrifice, which he proclaimed the real god, the god of the sea, stars, and even the crocodile, hated this act and all those who partook. The Elders wanted to throw him into the pit for rousing such animosity but delayed out of respect for his fallen father. He found himself in isolation, when he began to experiment with wood building. First he enlisted the help of slaves, they built air tight solos for grain storage. This served as practice for his next goal to build a large ark. It took him great effort, but his size was a dazzling advantage. After he completed the ark, and tested for water resistance, he gathered grain and food, for which the people were willing to oblige, as clearly they saw the ark for the masterpiece it was. While they refused to believe his reason for needing an ark, they could not dispute the usefulness as a grain solo. Noah tried relentless to convince the others to join him. But there was no convincing, so every night he sent a slave to wait on the mountain side and watch the horizon for signs of oncoming doom.
When that storm came, and that levee broke, the only people alongside were his two wives and helping slave aides. Together, they outlasted the rising tides of the powerful storm, they drifted along with the new current until they were out of air. Upon opening the door they saw new land, where they would find a place to land and call home.