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The Great Flood: mythological story about a great destruction that once befell the earth. There are several variants; the Biblical version is the most famous.
A Flood myth or deluge myth is a mythical story of a great flood usually sent by a deity or deities to destroy civilization as an act of divine retribution . Flood myths are common across a wide range of cultures.
"The Deluge", frontispiece to Gustave Doré 's illustrated edition of the Bible.