The first four Annihilations, collectively known as the Elemental Annihilations, are the most straightforward. We can also see evidence of the destruction described in some of these myths, giving us a clear idea of their origins–at least in the case of the later Annihilations. The Annihilation of Earth is the tale that causes most of the controversy among scholars and theorists. Here’s one of the translated passages:
“There was screaming in the deep when the world broke. When She pulled away and all was shaking, the waters came to fill Her emptiness. Mountain was torn from his brother. Valley was sent below the sea to mourn. The shaking did not cease for an age and a day.”
It is important to note that “She” refers to the Earth. The Anéaakans believed that when the bringer of the first Annihilation was born, she was born as a woman. After bringing about the destruction and seeing even her own children destroyed, she was born in every life thereafter as a man so she would never again know the pain of motherhood.
To most, this passage may not seem like much. For many scholars it describes a massive earthquake, which is common enough to be attributed to a reasonable age when man was known to have walked the earth. It may not have even been large enough to wipe out humanity, but to wipe out a large portion of the ancient Anéaakans. The controversy stems from internet theorists claiming that the destruction the Anéaakans speak of is the period when the supercontinent of Pangaea experienced a massive earthquake that helped shift the continents into the position we know today.
No evidence has been found by geologists to support this. In fact, Pangaea is estimated to have taken entire geologic eras to shift apart. On top of that, there wouldn’t have been any humans around during that time. That doesn’t stop the theorists however, who believe everything the Anéaakans say to have a grain of truth. They cite this passage to defend their position that the Anéaakans have memory of life before humanity:
“Blood was cold in the time before. Life was devouring, life was teeth and [screaming?]”
Historians say this is just a passage describing how life was really bad–how could it not be when they didn’t even have toilets yet? But the theorists like to say this is clear evidence that the Anéaakans knew about dinosaurs somehow. Some even go so far as to say that the Anéaakans–and indeed all of us–once WERE dinosaurs and the Anéaakans were blessed with the ability to remember their past lives as lizards.
I think the idea is absolutely bonkers, of course, but it is a nice thought. I would have made a fantastic dinosaur. Maybe a plesiosaur or a triceratops–or perhaps a t-rex. I do find myself frequently frustrated by how short my arms are, and this anger causes me to lash out at others. So maybe the wackos are onto something.
Join me tomorrow when I’ll be discussing the Annihilation of Air, which will delve deeper into the “we used to be dinosaurs” theory and explain how air can kill you.