Language Grouping for Flood Stories
Copyright 2002-2004

[posted: 1/17/2002]

The myths in Flood Stories From Around The World are arranged, within each continent or region, by language family and group, on the assumption that similarities in language are a good indication of similarities in culture. (That assumption is admittedly questionable, but it is better than any other organizing principle I know of.) This page shows the names of the language families and groups which the flood myths come from, as best I can determine. My main sources for determining the language group for each myth are Encyclopaedia Britannica (15th edition, 1984) and the map supplement with "Global Culture", National Geographic 196(2) (Aug. 1999). Several assignments are uncertain. Corrections from actual linguists or anthropologists are welcome.

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