Fire is fascinating. It is both beautiful and deadly. It is necessary for life and instrumental in destruction. To some it seems that the Anéaakans are very vague about the details of this particular Annihilation, but I think they were simply leaving out unnecessary details. While the language is very descriptive, I’ve found in reading through these manuscripts that the Anéaakans were nothing if not efficient in their story telling. I believe that so many of the details were left out because they knew it would be pretty obvious how devastating a world-wide fire would be without having to explain it.
Here’s an excerpt of what they had to say:
Flames came and kissed the world, a great [twist] and flow that covered the land and boiled the sea. Where the fire did not touch, the shades of the people rose up and departed as their bodies slept. Those that were not taken with the smoke saw the beauty in the flames and being [entranced?] by it walked into the fire and were willingly consumed.
It’s a pretty straightforward tale, albeit it a slightly disturbing one. What is most interesting to me about this passage is how the destruction is welcomed. You get the sense in the passages following this one that the people around this time–yes people, not dinosaurs–were completely ready for destruction and believed they deserved it. The fire in these passages is seen as a cleansing fire, the destruction necessary for new life to begin.
Both the scientists and the theorists are silent on this particular Annihilation. While they do differ in their belief about the scope of the fire described, neither has any claims that the other is interested in refuting. They’re about as silent on the matter as the Anéaakans themselves. I like to sum it up this way.
Everything burned and a lot of people died, but they seemed mostly fine with it.
One of the many reasons I am glad I was born in this era instead of being a writer in ancient times. I’m far too straight-forward to have penned something like the Epic of Gilgamesh. If you join me tomorrow, however, we’ll move on to the much more well-known Annihilation, the Annihilation of Water. (For real this time.) Included in tomorrow’s post will be discussions about Noah, Atlantis, and–if we’re lucky–sexy mermaids.