Little Red Riding Hood / Pyramids and Flood Myths

If you study ancient mysteries deeply, you always end up asking a particular question: were ancient cultures communicating with each other, or are the similarities just a combination of human nature and coincidence?

>>> pyramids everywhere
>>> flood myths everywhere

One way of tackling this question is via evolutionary biology, and in this instance the study involved the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which existed in varying forms in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and East Asia:

Those data allowed Tehrani to use phylogenetic analysis, a statistical technique used to reconstruct the evolutionary relationships between species. He started with 58 versions of the tale—all in English translation—from 33 different cultures around the world. Then, just as an evolutionary biologist compares physical traits between organisms to measure their similarity, he scored the differences between the stories using 72 plot points, such as who played the villain, what trick the villain used, and how the story ends. The output of the analysis is a family tree showing the most likely relationships.

red-riding-hood-map

 

red-riding-hood-tree

[images: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0078871]

the folktale seems to have emerged almost 2000 years ago somewhere between Europe and the Middle East

I can only presume that similar studies of flood myths and pyramids don’t exist – not because the research hasn’t been done – but because no discernible pattern has been discovered. One possible reason for this is the negating of global cultural communications that are outside of what orthodox science accepts.

2 comments

  1. It’s been my long understanding that flood myths have emerged from most global areas, so “orthodox science” must have parameters on acceptable input. Pyramids conversely are self-evident in Central/South America and Egypt, hardly mythical, so I wonder at the criteria for scientific acceptance.

  2. With the assorted flood mythos, you have to wonder if it’s an oral tradition going back to the end of the last Ice Age (roughly the same time as Goebekli Tepi was built so there may be some sort of connection there). When you think about it, a lot of the continental shelves (including the North Sea) would have been dry land, and as a race we seem to be attracted to sea shores. It would have caused mass migrations to higher ground, and a lot of culture and technological advancements would probably have been lost in the process.

    As a theory it fits with the OT version of “the water coming up from the earth” and it’s also worth noting that the term “Forty days and nights” was a Judiac term for “it took a fair while but I’m not really sure exactly how long”.

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