Tower of Babel MYTHS? Yes, they exist, too!
Category: History
Tags: Ancient history Charlotte Mason Elementary grades Bible civilizations

Everyone knows that there are CREATION MYTHS and FLOOD MYTHS, but did you also know there are TOWER OF BABEL MYTHS? We are excited to see God's "fingerprints" all over world history! Aren't you?

Check out this excerpt from Honour of Kings - Homeschool Curriculum & More's Ancient and American History Book 1 (

Sumer: In a Sumerian myth called Enmerkar and the Lord of Aratta, a man named Enmerkar built a very large tower to worship a false god. (The Sumerians called this type of tower a ziggurat. Zigurrats were Sumerian temples.) Enmerkar was building this ziggurat in Eridu and wanted Aratta, who apparently was a king in another land, to provide materials for its construction. Sometime during its construction, Enmerkar asked the god Enki to let the people speak in one language again so that they could all talk to Enlil in one language.

Central American Cultures: A myth from Mexico says that a giant named Xelhua was one of seven giants rescued from a great flood. After the flood, Xelhua built the Great Pyramid of Cholula to reach and attack heaven. The gods destroyed the pyramid with fire and also made the builders speak different languages so they could not understand each other. (Note: This account was told by a 100 year old priest at Cholula to a Dominican friar named Diego Duran who lived from 1537 - 1588 AD shortly after the conquest of Mexico by Spain.)

Another native tribe in Mexico called the Toltecs believed that men multiplied after a great flood. They soon built a tall "zacuali" (tower) in case another flood happened. However, something happened that caused their languages to be changed and each group moved to a different part of the earth. (Note: Recorded by the native historian Don Ferdinand d'Alva Ixtilxochitl who lived from c. 1565 - 1648 AD.)

The Tohono O'odham Indians who lived in the southern part of Arizona and northern part of Mexico taught that Montezuma escaped a large flood. After this flood, he became wicked and tried to build a house which could reach heaven. However, the Great Spirit destroyed it with lightning.

Africa: When David Livingstone met with some Africans who lived near Lake Ngami in 1849, he learned they had a story similar to the tower of Babel. However, in this story, the builders' heads got "cracked" when the building platforms fell.

The Lozi tribe in Africa had a myth which told the story of wicked men who built a tower of masts to get to the Creator-God Nyambe, who had fled to Heaven on a spider-web. However, the men died when the masts collapsed.

The Ashanti tribe who also lived in Africa had a similar story, except for the fact that in their story the tower was built of "porridge pestles" instead of masts. (A pestle is a heavy object shaped like a small baseball bat which is used to crush a substance to a powder.)

The Kongo people of Africa told a story about men who stacked poles or trees to reach the moon. These men failed in their attempt.

The Karen people of Burma have traditions of the story of creation, the flood, the tower of Babel and the confusion of languages. In their tower of Babel story, they say that their ancestors came to their current location after leaving a great pagoda (temple) in a different land. The languages were confused and so they separated themselves from the other tribes in the area.

South Pacific and India: In the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific, one of the local tribes has a story about the languages of men being confused after they tried (and failed) to build houses which reached heaven. The Tharu tribe of Nepal near northern India has a similar story which was recorded in a census taken in Bengal in 1872 AD.


Sumerian ziggurat:


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