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  •  That's what I meant in part by other local myths. (7+ / 0-)

    I would prefer to call it "exchanged" rather than "stolen". Couldn't it be that the myth existed in oral tradition in one culture before the other wrote it down?

    Our position is tax cuts for the middle class, theirs is tax cuts for millionaires, Stupid.

    by Jimdotz on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 10:00:12 AM PDT

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    •  Most definitely (8+ / 0-)

      When I attended a bible thumping church they loved to point out that because almost every culture had a flood myth it was "proof" that the Noah story was real. I thought it was proof that great floods happened all over the place at different times. Like the one here in the Pacific Northwest when the ice damn broke on Lake Missoula. Man, that would've been a sight to behold (from a safe distance, of course!)

      Those who forget the lessons of history are probably watching Glenn Beck.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 10:06:59 AM PDT

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      •  The Missoula Floods... (4+ / 0-)

        I was in the Willamette Valley the other day with my husband, we were talking about them...there are boulders as far south as Cottage Grove (if I'm remembering my uni geology courses correctly) brought in by those floods.

        You're right, anyone not on the tops of the surrounding hills would have had a front row seat, however short lived.

        •  My favorite part of the Missoula Flood event... (5+ / 0-)

          If you look into the geological record there is a small - but extant - possibility that Mt. Saint Helens was producing one of the most violent eruptions in the Pacific Northwest's history at the same time (judging from the thickness of ash in the rock strata).  The margin of error is something like +/- 10,000 years so probably not.  But, man.  Can you imagine what a Native American watching the Missoula Flood coming in from the west and Mt. Saint Helens blowing its top in the east would have been thinking?  

          I totally get how these types of events make it into mythology, ya know?

          "If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people." -Tony Benn (-6.38,-6.36)

          by The Rational Hatter on Wed Oct 06, 2010 at 10:37:57 AM PDT

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