The Hebrew Bible claims that the ancient patriarchs lived for hundreds of years. The graph above shows the rapid decline in human lifespan since the flood (HT). Literalist Christians give different reasons for the difference in longevity pre- and post-Flood include:
- Sin took time to take its toll (here)
- The Environment changed: radiation, free radicals … (here)
- Genetic Bottleneck (here)
- Vela Supernova (here)
The Hindu Ramayana brags of longevity for its heros too. Rama, the hero of the story, is reported to have ruled the Earth for 11,000 years while his father, Dasaratha lived for 16,000 years. And the writer of the Ramayana laments that in the present times, “men no longer live as long”. Just as there are literalist Christians, there are lots of literalists Hindus who believe the longevity stories in their myths.
|Longevity myths are common fodder in ancient literature. Here are some other super longevity reports taken from a wiki article:
So what do you think? Take this poll to show us if you think these are merely myths or if you think there is something true behind them. Maybe all those ancient stories are right, or maybe exaggeration was an accepted literary form for all the ancients.
Note: This post is from my Ramayana series.