6th Annual International Conference
on Comparative Mythology
September 1-3, 2012
The European University, Saint Petersburg, Russia
SUMERIAN MYTHOLOGY IN THE MIRROR OF THE FAR EAST
VLADIMIR V. EMELIANOV
St. Petersburg State University, Russia
In the past two decades, there was a tendency to originate the Sumerians from the
territories, located to the east of the Zagros Mountains. Linguists have proposed
relationship between the Sumerian and the Munda languages, as well as kinship
with the Tibetan language. Ethnologists have tried to trace the cultural ties between
Sumer and Aratta. Our report will focus on the comparison of the two myths,
equally valuable for both the Sumerian tradition, and for the peoples of the Far East.
First, it is the cult of the Heaven and the image of the Mandate of Heaven (Sumer
and China). Secondly, it is a myth about the fight with the monster who blocked
waters of river before the New Year (Sumer and India).