When talking about myth and History, it is necessary to discuss about the biblical flood: The Deluge.
Noah is a recurrent figure on several cultures all around the world, not only in the african-european area, but inside Maya and other mesoamericans cultures, within the american continent too. Not with this name, of course, as Noah is just the name of the character in the Genesis. Other names we can find are Manu (hindu), Utnapishtim (mesopotamian) or Deucalion (greek).
What is important for me about the Great Flood is that this myth includes multiple references about what lies behind God, Magic, Monsters, Angels, and renaissance, new beginnings… and not to forget about sin, punishment and commitment to the Truth or to the higher Good. Retribution, at the end.
An amazing concept. The deity asks for retribution because humans are involved in sin; in the mesopotamian and hindu approaches, humanity should be destroyed. There exist no mention to monsters or “giants” like in the Bible (nephilim, anak). The Deluge was so important in Mesopotamia that they divided the history using this event as a marker: preflood and postflood ages.
The deity asks for retribution because humans are involved in sin.
In the biblical one, the protagonist is saved because he stay away from the monsters. The nephilim (giants), they live in sin, and they cohabit with human women, spreading some kind of evil kindred that must be destroyed because of God’s will. If we consider Lilith as the very first woman and we follow the trail “East of Eden”, maybe we can land on these strange race of “giants”. Maybe half-divine beings (běnê hā’ělōhîm), demons, maybe Lilith’s and Lucifer’s heritage (children of the fallen ones, )… maybe just important or influential people like some wise rabbi discussed.
Keep these ideas: giants, monsters living in sin with human women, retribution, the Great Flood…