Dueling Gardens of Eden

The Garden of Eden has been found pretty much everywhere at some point or other. Florida, South Carolina, Africa, Turkey, the North freakin’ Pole. Yet the account in Genesis, despite what this linked article claims, is reasonably specific as to its actual location. It lies at the juncture where four rivers converge; problem is, only two of those rivers still exist. Satellite imagery, however, has located the vestiges of the other two. Where do they all come together, then? Where is Eden? Under water. Before rising sea levels at the end of the last Ice Age swamped it, the geographic location of Eden would have lain at the far southern end of present-day Iraq. I’m glad it’s under the Persian Gulf, now. Looking at the sorry state Iraq is in today, I wouldn’t want the Garden of Eden located therein, where the evils of men could taint it.

Eden isn’t just a geographic location, though, a physical place. It is an esoteric state of being, never to be found at all in the human world. That doesn’t stop people from claiming to know its location. Iraq today has not one but THREE Gardens of Eden for the tourist to visit, if Iraq ever HAD tourists, which it doesn’t. And if you’re wondering what the Garden of Eden has to do with vampires, I have one word for you: Lilith. Go look it up. The mythical birthplace of Humanity was also, according to some legends, the birthplace of the vampire.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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