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 Post subject: The Tower of Babel
PostPosted: 28 Nov 2008, 12:23 
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We've all heard the biblical story of the tower of Babel but this article brings up some other cultures' references to a similar...um, "artifact"?

An interesting read:

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Cultural Interpretations of the Tower of Babel

Greek Account

“When all men were of one language, some of them built a high tower as if they would thereby ascend up to heaven, but the Gods sent storms of wind and overthrew the tower and gave everyone his peculiar language and for this reason it was that the city was called Babylon”
Sumerian Account

“Then Enki, the Lord of abundance, (whose commands are trustworthy) the lord of wisdom, who understands the land; the leader of the Gods, endowed with wisdom, the Lord of Eridu changed the speech in their mouths, contention into it, into the speech of man that (until now) had been one.”

Mexican Account

“And as men were thereafter multiplying they constructed a very high and strong Zacualli (a very high tower) in order to protect themselves when again the second world should be destroyed. At the crucial moment their languages were changed, and as they did not understand one another, they went to different parts of the world”
Polynesian Account

“But the God in anger chased the builders away, broke down the building and changed their language, so that they spoke diverse tongues.”

Crow Indian Account

“Then little Coyote did something bad. He suggested to Old Man that he give the people different languages so they would misunderstand each other and use their weapons in wars……Old Man did what little Coyote said and the people had different languages and made war on each other.”

The interesting question is - how much of the story of the Tower of Babel is symbolic parable and how much is based upon factual events.



Red entire article here.

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I remember "The Tower of Babel" being a right bugger of a game on the Commodore Amiga 500.

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Commodore?!? Damn, you're old!

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