Chapter 22: Deucallion, Manu, Seth
The Sapatha Brahmana is the earliest surviving account of an antediluvian character king, a leader of men known as Manu. Manu is remembered as the father of humankind and a member of the surviving brotherhood of the seven sages. 18 Manu was a title held by six previous kings who reigned for long periods of time before the flood. 19 Manu permitted the seven sages to accompany him on the ark when the floodwaters deluged the antediluvian world. 20 The god Vishna warned Manu of the impending catastrophe that would overtake the three antediluvian worlds but also said not to fear, for Vishna would provide Manu with an ark to escape upon. 21 The question arises as to whether or not the Satpatha Brahmana has accurately testified to the three great antediluvian empires of Sumer, Atlantis, and Mu. One further speculates as to whether or not giants and humans were provided escape upon arks in all the disparate antediluvian civilizations of the earth.
Manu’s commission after the flood was to reestablish agriculture, utilizing his cache of every kind of seed that he had stowed away on the escaping ark, 22 again most similar to the agrarian and vegetarian Noah. Manu, however, was both a king of the antediluvian epoch and the patriarchal founder of a dynasty of kings in the postdiluvian epoch. 23 Manu’s ark made landfall not coincidently on the slope of a northern mountain in Himavat, located in the Himalaya mountain range. The deluge refugees then descended down the mountain very slowly, only when they were safe from being washed away, 24 again very similar to the biblical account of Noah. Manu’s reward for saving humankind, all the animals, and all the plant life was mastery over all knowledge, insights into the mystery of the soul, and a form of immortality, 25 which echoes the Sumerian account of Utnapishtim.
Manu was likely Nephilim. Manu was recorded in the Mahabharata Veda as a very powerful Rishi or Sage, and not as a king. 26 In the southwest of India, another Veda , the Satyaravrata , Manu bears the name and title the Lord of Dravida. 27 In this account, Manu is believed, according to Hancock, to be the king of the Dravidian people. 28