024 ARAB culture -The Story of NOAH’s ARK

Stories very similar to that of NOAH (Genesis 6-8) also occurred in other civilisations, like the Mesopotamian ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ approximately 2700BC.
Noah has often been compared to Deucalion, the son of Prometheus and Pronoia in Greek mythology. Like Noah, Deucalion is warned of the flood (by Zeus and Poseidon); he builds an ark and staffs it with creatures – and when he completes his voyage, gives thanks and takes advice from the gods on how to repopulate the Earth.

Noah is a highly important figure in Islam and he is seen as one of the most significant of all prophets. The Quran contains 43 references to Noah, or Nuḥ, in 28 chapters, and the seventy-first chapter, Sūrat Nūḥ (Arabic: سورة نوح‎), is named after him. His life is also spoken of in the commentaries and in Islamic legends.

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Noah's Ark - mughal miniature024 – “Noah, his head surrounded by a flaming halo, sits at the center of this painting. A popular figure in the Koran, Noah (in Arabic, Nuh) also figures in poetic texts such as the Diwan (Collected Poems) by Hafiz.
Miskin, one of the greatest painters in the workshop of the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605) is thought to have painted this page. An expert draftsman and colorist, Miskin was best known for his skilled and whimsical depictions of animals and birds.”
© A Mughal miniature of Noah’s Ark in the collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

“Commanding Prophet Noah to warn his people, God said: “Warn your people before there comes upon them a grievous penalty.” – Holy Qur’an, 57:61 Obeying the command of God, Prophet Noah went to his people and said: “I have come to you with a clear warning that you worship none but God. Verily I fear for you the penalty of a grievous day.” – Holy Qur’an, 11:25-26
  ©: text: simerg.com By Jehangir A. Merchant
  ©: image: PD(India); Description: Noah’s Ark ca. 1590, Miskin Mughal dynasty Akbar(r. 1556 – 1605), Color and gold on paper H: 28.1 W: 15.6 cm India
Source: www.asia.si.edu

Noah's ark and floods“Le Livre des hystoires du Mirouer du monde, depuis la création, jusqu’après la dictature de Quintus Cincinnatus Date d’édition: 1401-1500 Type: manuscrit Langue: Français Identifiant: ark:/12148/btv1b52000962r” 
  ©: PD, gallica.bnf.fr

Here is a link with many interesting stories about flood from all around the world. The image is not necessarily related to the following text:
“Zeus sent a flood to destroy the men of the Bronze Age. Prometheus advised his son Deucalion to build a chest. All other men perished except for a few who escaped to high mountains. The mountains in Thessaly were parted, and all the world beyond the Isthmus and Peloponnese was overwhelmed. Deucalion and his wife Pyrrha (daughter of Epimetheus and Pandora), after floating in the chest for nine days and nights, landed on Parnassus. When the rains ceased, he sacrificed to Zeus, the God of Escape. At the bidding of Zeus, he threw stones over his head; they became men, and the stones which Pyrrha threw became women. That is why people are called laoi, from laas, “a stone.”
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Noah, the movieNOAH, the movie
A man is chosen by his world’s creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.
Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel. Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins

Noah's Ark - the moviescene from the movie.




Noah's Ark - the factsFloating Facts
According to Genesis, the Ark was 450 x 75ft and 45ft high – that is taller than a three-storey building and with a deck area the size of 36 tennis courts.
A replica of the Ark is being built at Frostburg, Maryland. Work began 30 years ago.
Christians argue that Noah needed 40,000 animals to represent every kind of creature. sceptics say Noah would have needed room for at least 1.5 million species.
The story may be based on an earlier, and very similar, Babylonian flood tale from the epic of Gilgamesh.
Noah, or Nuh, is one of the main prophets of Islam. In the Koran, his wife is said to drown in the flood.
planet.infowars.com with many links!!

“Noah Builds an Altar.
20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
21 The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.
22 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, And cold and heat, And summer and winter, And day and night Shall not cease.”

Noah’s Ark (steampunk)

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Noah's Ark in IslamMOUNT ARARAT
The highest mount in Anatolia is Mount Ararat, called A&gcedil;ri Da&gcedil;i in Turkish, a volcano that culminates at 5,165 m/ 16,945 ft and whose summit is always capped with snow. The last eruption dates back to June 20, 1840. Many expeditions took place, some of which aiming to find the remains of Noah’s Ark that is thought to have landed there after the Deluge.

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Secrets of Noah’s Ark
A team attempts to build the flood boat using inscriptions from an ancient clay tablet
“Program Description:
In 1948, a British pilot serving in Iraq acquired a clay tablet with an intriguing, 3.700 year old inscription. The ancient writing tells the story of how the god Enki warns a Sumerian king named Atra-Hasis of a future flood that will destroy mankind; Enki gives him instructions for building a boat to save his family and livestock. If that sounds like a familiar tale, it’s because this was one of several ancient flood traditions that, centuries later, would inspire the biblical story of Noah. But the tablet’s inscription describes a boat very different from the traditional image of the Ark -it’s said to be circular and made of reeds. Is this nothing more than a fanciful myth? Or could such a reed boat have carried Atra-Hasis’ family of more than one hundred and his many animals? Join NOVA as a team of historians and expert boat builders investigate this fascinating flood legend and set out to rebuild a tantalizing, ancient forerunner of the Ark.”

Noah's Ark - BNFBibliothéque nationale de France, Français 28. f. 66v (Noah’s ark). St Augustine, De civitate dei. Rouen, 3rd quarter of the 15th century.
  ©: BNF; via: Tumblr

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Noah's Ark - Bodleian Library“A page from a Book of Hours produced in Normandy in the mid 15th century, probably for export to England, with work by an artist known as the Master of Sir John Fastolf. The book may have had a royal owner. The page is heavily decorated with a floral border in bright colours. The image of the ark floating on water is above several lines of prayer, in French and Latin, asking for ‘peace in our time’. The image of Noah and his family in the ark (a simple wooden structure) is rather simple, as is the benign figure of God the Father who watches over the scene from the top of the page, above a rainbow. There is no sign of animals in the ark.”
Manuscript 15th century, Bodleian Library, Oxford (Ms Auct D, fol 59v)
  ©: BNF; via: www.english.cam.ac.uk

A story involving Lord Vishnu and King Manu is found in the Hindu chronicle Matsya Purana. Lord Vishnu in his ‘matsya’ (fish) avatar ordered the virtuous king Manu to construct a huge boat with animal and plant specimens of all forms, to escape the Great Deluge, and finally, when the water receded, the great boat was found atop the Malaya Mountains.

What did Noah’s Ark look like?

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