Flood Legend

Tengiz was the landowner when the flood covered the whole place. Under the rule of Tengiz lived a good man named Nama. Nama has three sons named Sozun Uul, Sar Uul and Fish.

God ordered Nama to make a chest. Naama left the construction of the ark to his three sons. His sons built the ark on the mountain. When the box was ready, Nama ordered them to tie it to the ground in the corners with eight ropes, 80 fathoms each. The situation was understandable when the water level rose eighty fathoms. After that, the Nama family entered the roadside with various animals and birds.

Fog shrouded the earth. The world is plunged into terrible darkness. Water pours out of the ground, from rivers, from oceans. After seven days, the rope attached to the bottom broke and the kelp began to swim; the water is thought to have risen by eighty fathoms. Another seven days passed. Namar ordered his eldest son to open the window of the box and look around. Su Zunwu’er looked around. Then he said, “Everything is submerged under water. Only the peaks are visible.” Then Nama looked too. “Nothing is visible except the sky and water,” he said.

The chest finally stopped at the intersection of the eight peaks. It ran aground in the Çomoday and Tuluttu mountains. Nama opened the window and let go of the crow. The crow did not return. Crows are sent the next day and magpies are sent to the third day. No one came back. On the fourth day, he sent a pigeon. The pigeon came back with a branch in its mouth. Nama learned from this bird why the other birds didn’t come back. They stayed where they had gone to eat deer, dog and horse carcasses. When Nama heard this, he was furious. “Whatever they do now, let them do the end of the world,” he said.

In the continuation of the legend, when Nama gets old, he kills his wife, who provoked him to kill the creatures he had saved. He takes his son Sozun Uul with him and ascends to heaven. It then transforms into a five-star star cluster there. According to Holmberg’s thought, the flood heroes turned into Yayık Khan. According to the Altai Turks, Yayık Khan is a spirit that protects people and gives life. He also acts as a messenger between people and God.

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