The Miaotsu Melody

It is written:

“So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him.” (Genesis 8:18)

The Flood that God brought upon the Earth destroyed its’ inhabitants completely, except for Noah and his family.

After the Flood, Noah’s descendants kept the facts of the Flood alive, so that the peoples of the Earth remembered the Flood in great detail. As such, there are over two hundred Flood legends around the world which speak of the Great Deluge.

One of these legends is from the people known as the Miaotsu. Bill Cooper tells us about their account:

“In remote times, ca 2000 BC, as the original Chinese settlers entered the country, they were joined by another group travelling up through Indo-China. They were soon dubbed the Miaotsu by the Chinese population, a somewhat derogatory term, the miao-element meaning ‘barbarian’ or ‘outsider’. 5 They are more properly known as the Hmong, and today number some 12 million. They were a brave people. For nigh 4000 years they fought off all attempts by the Chinese to destroy them, but the interesting part of their story for our purpose is that, from the earliest times, they meticulously kept their ancestral records and pedigrees, happily recording the fact that they are descended, not from Ham as the Chinese are, but from Jah-phu, Japheth, the son of Nuah, Noah –no, I’m not making this up, really! The Miaotsu recollect other named patriarchs who appear also in the Book of Genesis: Lama (Lamech, the father of Noah); Cusah (the Cush of the Bible), and Mesay (the Biblical Mizraim), who are both descendants of Lo Han (Ham); Elan (the Elam of the Bible), and Nga-shur (the Biblical Asshur), these being descended from Lo Shen (Shem, exactly as in Genesis); and we have Go-men (Gomer), the son of Jah-phu (Japheth, again exactly as in the Book of Genesis). 6 Six generations after Gomer, the Miaotsu record that eleven tribes were descended from a patriarch named Seageweng. 7 Five of these tribes became the ancestors of the Miaotsu themselves, whilst the other six intermarried with the surrounding Chinese population. Now that is a great deal –more, in fact, than modernism has ever been pleased to tell us about –but it is not all, not by any means. In an ancestral song recited since time immemorial by the Miaotsu at funerals, weddings and like occasions, and in which all the above details are included, we find the following remarkable account enshrined in that song. 8 Of great interest to us is the fact that the song is written in couplets, which not only aids the memory of those who have to recite it, but also ensures that additions and interpolations are impossible to insert. 9 It is also worth bearing in mind that this song was already of great antiquity when Christian missionaries first encountered the Miaotsu, a people so introverted and shut off from the outside world, that they had no idea that the earth was even round. But the writers of this ancient song knew it, and knew it of old. 10 They knew many other things too. Consider the opening lines: “ On the day God created the heavens and earth, On that day He opened the gateway of light.” 11 Compare this with Genesis 1:3. The two accounts are not a million miles removed from one another, are they? Nor are the other lines of the song removed from Genesis to any great degree. The song goes on to tell of the creation of the land, the plants, the animals and birds, and then lastly of man himself: “ On the earth He created a man from the dirt, Of the man thus created, a woman He formed.” It goes on to tell how the Miaotsu’s Adam (named as in the Bible after the clay from which he was made) measured the earth’s weight and the stars of heaven, and pondered the ways of God. The line of his children from Se-teh (Seth, Genesis 5:4) to Lama (Lamech, the father of Noah, Genesis 5:26) is also given (as is the name of Noah’s wife, Gaw Bo-lu-en). Their three sons, Lo-Han, Lo-Shen and Jah-phu (Ham, Shem and Japheth) make their appearance at this point, and: “ So the earth began filling with tribes and with families. Creation was shared by the clans and the peoples.” 12 The song goes on to tell in great but independent detail (no rehash of Genesis this) how things then went between mankind and God: “ These did not God’s will nor returned His affection, But fought with each other defying the Godhead. But their leaders shook fists in the face of the Mighty…” So, the Miaotsu remembered things just as the Bible describes them (Genesis 6:1-12). The earth was filled with violence. Judgment must come, and judgment did come. The song recalls further that God determined to destroy all flesh from off the face of the earth, save righteous Nuah and his wife and family. They build a boat and come safely through the Flood, with male and female animals on board and birds mated in pairs. But it is the Miaotsu’s graphic depiction of the Flood that is of particular interest to us, largely because of the fact that it radically departs from the commonly found ‘seven days of rain’ that most other cultures speak of: “ So it poured forty days in sheets and in torrents, Then fifty-five days of misting and drizzle. The waters surmounted the mountains and ranges. The deluge ascending leapt valley and hollow. An earth with no earth upon which to take refuge! A world with no foothold where one might subsist! The people were baffled, impotent and ruined, Despairing, horror-stricken, diminished and finished.” 13 Forty days of torrential rain is exactly right and agrees with Genesis 7:4 precisely. But the added detail, which Genesis doesn’t give, of a following fifty-five days of drizzle and mist rings true too. After the initial forty-day downpour, the air would have been unimaginably heavy with moisture producing constant drizzle and heavy mist, a detail that the occupants of the Ark were doubtless to pass on to their many hearers. Indeed, it may well account for the notable darkness that seems to have enveloped the earth during the Flood, and which is pointedly remembered in several Flood traditions. This fascinating song of the Miaotsu goes on to tell of Nuah releasing a dove to see if the waters had abated, and the sacrifice which he made after leaving the Ark. God blesses him and there follows the lineage of Nuah’s grandsons, Cusah and Mesay (Cush and Mizraim), and Elan and Nga-shur (Elam and Asshur).” (Bill Cooper, The Authenticity Of The Book Of Genesis, 3979-4037 (Kindle Edition))

Please notice the incredible corroboration this brings to the biblical account. Friends, just as the Flood brought God’s judgment on the world in times past, so there is another Day of Judgment approaching (2 Peter 3:8-13). Are you ready for that day? Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died in your place, was buried, and arose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). One Day, He is coming back (John 14:1-3). Why not get ready or His Return? Live for Him as He loves you and wants you to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). As a believer, repent of your sins and be baptized into Christ to have your sins forgiven (Acts 2:38). If you are an erring child of God, why not return to Him today in repentance and prayer (Acts 8:22)?

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