whereby the god in question piled up sand from the sea onto an otherwise swampy terrain
of the area. Igbo Nri mythology says the project was connected with Omambala River (now
called Anambra River, a tributary of the River Niger) which then used to flood the whole area.20
The mythology says that the god who undertook this land reclamation project did so by raising a
plateau – a hilly terrain with a flat surface – and then built on it a Holy City of international
renown, a forbidden city which only the gods and the priests could enter. Great Benin says that
this city was the only inhabited place in the Post-Deluge world, because every other part of the
world had been submerged by the Deluge. It further maintained that after the world dried up, it
was repopulated from this Holy City from where groups of colonists were sent forth by the
resident gods to repopulate the earth!
These Nigerian myths are confirmed in the highly sought after but only recently released
esoteric book, The Emerald Tablet of Thoth, The Atlantean, supposedly written on stone by
Thoth, the Egyptian god of letters and of Wisdom and Knowledge. 21 In The Emerald Tablet,
Thoth reveals his life history and his origins in the sub-continent of Atlantis before the Deluge.
The book tells of the events leading onto the inundation of the world by water, the sinking of
Atlantis and the instruction by God that Thoth should save a remnant of the Atlantean
population in an Ark and carry them to “the Land of Khem” and there begin a new civilization.
Thoth narrates how he “flew” off in the Ark and landed it in “the land of the hairy Barbarians”
and there built a city with the workforce of the natives. Igbo Nri mythology confirming The
Emerald Tablet maintains that the god Eri arrived in Igbo land in the time when the land was
under water and swampy; that he flew into Igbo land, then populated by cave men (autochthons)
20 See John Umeh, Igbo People Their Origin and Culture Area, 1999; See Omoregie, Great Benin 1&2; Titi Euba, “Ifa Literary Corpus as Source-Book of Yoruba History” in Alagoa ed. 1990). See also Nwankwo Nwaezeigwe, The Igbo and Their Nri Neighbours, 2007
21 Edited and translated by Doreal, see version published online.