Google unable to locate "Garden of Eden"

Where is the Garden of Eden? I cannot find it anywhere

Comment by Logan D on August 19, 2013 at 12:56am
Just north of Valhalla, just west of Neverland.
Comment by archaeopteryx on August 19, 2013 at 10:24am

I personally believe that the "Garden of Eden" metaphorically describes the African rainforest, which we, or rather our ancestors, abandoned. I believe that Homo Sapiens carried that memory in it's collective consciousness, until we could give it a name.

The Bible borrowed much of its mythology from the early civilizations of Mesopotamia (the flood story is a perfect example). The Sumarians were the first people known to have occupied this once-fertile area, and we should first look there, for an actual Eden, and we find one, in the rich delta that comprised what is now Southern Iraq/Kuwait, where the combined Tigris/Euphrates emptied into the Persian Gulf,  - there once was a cultivated garden there, known as the Gardens of Edin.

Those gardens owed their existence far more to the sweat of the Sumerians and the brilliance of their invention of irrigation, than to any god.

Comment by Melvinotis on August 19, 2013 at 8:43pm

Wouldn't it be cool if google had all of those fictional earths like middle earth. Especially near Earth equivalents like Metropolis or Gotham City. Or Springfield from the Simpsons.

Comment by RobertPiano on August 19, 2013 at 9:24pm

It's in Eden of course. Duh.

Comment by H3xx on August 19, 2013 at 10:50pm

Ironically, not only can it find Area51, but it also has some very nice reviews from repeat visitors. Aliens 1, Bible 0. lol.

Comment by archaeopteryx on August 19, 2013 at 11:14pm

What about the "wheel within a wheel" that Ezkiel saw, "way up in the middle of the air"? Think they came all this way, and didn't stop off at Area 51 for an expresso?

Comment by SteveInCO on August 20, 2013 at 8:39am

I personally believe that the "Garden of Eden" metaphorically describes the African rainforest, which we, or rather our ancestors, abandoned. I believe that Homo Sapiens carried that memory in it's collective consciousness, until we could give it a name.

I could easily imagine a much more recent provenance for this--we probably left the jungle long before we had speech (which I'd guesstimate we got sometime around 75K years ago) so it'd be hard to transmit an "ancestral memory." Many of our ancestors who left Africa found Mesopotamia to be a lush and fertile area, but the climate changed and it became much drier.  We out-of-Africa humans then apparently radiated out over Eurasia, then into Australasia and North America.  Genetics confirms this, and if you side with the rather controversial school of linguists who claim to have tied all extant languages together into one superfamily, their proposed language family tree matches the genetic one fairly well.

Comment by archaeopteryx on August 20, 2013 at 10:23am

While I know for a fact that we can retain images for things without words or the use of speech - we do it all the time in childhood - I have no proof that early hominids did, and you have no proof that they didn't, so as far as that subject goes, it's a wash.

Regarding the fate of our ancestors AFTER we left our Eden, much more is known - I highly recommend this 5-part BBC series, "The Incredible Human Journey," with Dr. Alice Roberts.

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