Pandora's box had
caused quite a few problems. Zeus was horrified at what had happened. After the
box was opened, Zeus looked down on earth from Mount Olympus. He saw fights and
riots and wars and murders. Zeus was determined to punish mankind for the
terrible things he saw.
Zeus ordered the waters to rise and flood the
earth. Everyone drowned except two people. One was King Deucalion, who was
considered the most honest man on earth. The other was the king's wife, Pyrrha.
Zeus did not save them. Some say a fish whispered to gentle Pyrrha what Zeus had
planned. Others say it was Prometheus who warned King Deucalion. This was the same Prometheus who had given
mankind the gift of
fire. King Deucalion was
Prometheus' son. Prometheus could see into the future, but he had trouble
explaining things clearly so that others could understand him.
One time, when King Deucalion was visiting with his
father, Prometheus told his son to
build a sturdy boat and stock it well. Prometheus was sure there would be a
flood. He told his son that when the waters receded, he must throw the bones of
the Great Mother over his shoulder and to have
his son's wife do the same. King Deucalion loved his father. He trusted his father. He
did not understand all of his father's instructions, but he certainly could built a sturdy
boat. And the flood came.
King Deucalion and Pyrrha sailed away on their boat
for 9 days and 9 nights. When the waters receded, the boat settled down on the
tallest peak in Greece, at the very tip top of Mount Parnassus.
King Deucalion mumbled to himself. "The earth
is the Great Mother. Since the earth is the Great Mother of humans, her bones
must be ...... stones!"
King Deucalion picked up some stones and threw them
over his shoulder. Magically, the stones became men! Pyrrha
did the same. Her stones became women. Many stones later, the human race had
Greek Stories - The Flood
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