The funny thing is, this never should have happened.
After the flood had been upon the earth, and was in time abated, Xisuthrus sent out birds from the vessel; which, not finding any food, nor any place whereupon they might rest their feet, returned to him again. After an interval of some days, he sent them forth a second time; and they now returned with their feet tinged with mud. He made a trial a third time with these birds; but they returned to him no more: from whence he judged that the surface of the earth had appeared above the waters. He therefore made an opening in the vessel, and upon looking out found that it was stranded upon the side of some mountain; upon which he immediately quitted it with his wife, his daughter, and the pilot. Xisuthrus then paid his adoration to the earth: and having constructed an altar, offered sacrifices to the gods, and, with those who had come out of the vessel with him, disappeared.
Although academic publications routinely make reference to this, out of deference to religious sensibilities, to this day the Near Easter flood myth is called "Noah's flood" in most popular media, and even when acknowledged, ample caveats are inserted to preserve the illusion that the Bible's flood myth is somehow older, unique, or--God forbid--true.
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