In the Old Testament, the Garden of Eden was the closest thing to paradise that humankind experienced. However the utopian experience was short lived as the sins of man ousted him out of the garden faster than lightning.
But is there any way that this Garden really exists and it is possible to find out the physical location of it? What makes it a possibility is that Christianity is not the only religion which talks of this place.
Very similar descriptions of a utopian place have also been found in the Greek and the Sumerian culture among many others, and it had made researchers and philosophers hopeful that the Garden of Eden must have existed at some point in time.
As per the description in the 2nd book of Genesis, the Garden is situated near the rivers Tigris and Euphrates.
That narrows down the location of the Garden at somewhere around Mesopotamia, in the Middle East; more specifically, the area which was referred to as the Fertile Crescent.
This area became the center of agriculture because unlike the desert all around it, it was a region of fertility and plenty.
In the same description, two other rivers are also mentioned, namely the Gihon and the Pison. Though these names do not belong to any river in the present time, debates are abound on which present day river might these be a reference to, Blue Nile and Ganges being the best contenders.
As mentioned before, Christianity is not the only religion which mentions an Eden like garden, here are some of those:
— In Buddhism and the Tibetan Hindu philosophy, the Eden like place is known as Shambhala. However, its described not so much in physical terms, but rather any place where there is harmony and peace could be turned into one.
— The Sumerians too believed in a Garden of God’s which was also flanked by Tigris and Euphrates. It also had a plant of life, instead of the Tree, complete with a serpent. The entire story can be found in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
— In the tradition of the ancient Greeks, the Garden is the Garden of Hesperides and has the tree and the serpent to go with the legend, along with some nymphs to add the Grecian flair.
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