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Bergonian History:


Bergonia before the Cataclysm


A legend common to all ancient Bergonian cultures explicitly describes an incredibly wonderful Golden Age in primordial times which suddenly vanished in a horrible geological cataclysm.  The most complete version of the legend appears in the ancient epic called the Mineoathi.  This vast work was written circa 800 BC and quite evidently recorded preexisting oral traditions. 

It tells how three separate continents occupied what is now the North Atlantic Ocean.  The civilizations that bloomed on these lands were paradises, but as these first men built so much perfection some of them succumbed to the first sin.  In this Bergonian mythology the first sin was pride.  Once these men puffed up with pride they felt contempt for others different from themselves and then hatred.  The residents of these three continents fell into a vicious conflict.  Prophets preached to the people of the three continents, desperate to turn back the tide of evil.  The people of the eastern and northern continent murdered the prophets, but the people of the western continent heeded them and repented of their sinfulness.  They attempted to expiate for their sin, but the leaders of the other two continents had already unleashed the dogs of war.  The people of the west now had no choice but to fight.  They learned how the sinfulness of others can force sinful conduct on people inclined to do good.  

The Mineoathi records a succession of battles between the people of three island groups.  The easterners and northerners attacked the westerners and used horrible weapons of fire and metal on them.  The people of the west had such weapons themselves, but for their defense they resorted to weapons of magic far worse in power and destructiveness.  The sorcery unleashed a great force, "like the clapping of godly hands, shaking the air, like the striking of gongs by demons in the four quarters, sending a noise like eight million thunderclaps to rend the air, throw up the ocean and break the earth."  The monstrous force caused Hisperia and the islands of Agmia into the waters.  As if in punishment, the sudden sinking sent huge waves sweeping over the western land, wiping out nearly all the people and utterly destroying the cities and the civilization there.  Everything was flooded; even the forests were flattened. "So numerous were the dead that there were not enough flies for them."  This western continent, of course, became Bergonia.  

Bergonia, continues the Mineoathi, was a wounded land.  The cities and other artifices of humankind were wrecked and smashed.    Boulders that had been flung through the air by the explosions lay hither and yon.  Forests had been leveled and the rivers and streams were choked with debris.  The vastly reduced numbers of people suffered from the memory of the cataclysm.  They were forced to return to a most primitive level of survival, and lived off the land the best the could by hunting, foraging and gathering. 

Thus the world went to sleep.  The land slowly healed.  Erosion rubbed down the sharp edges of the broken land, and new layers and types of vegetation grew to cloak it.  All civilization was gone, and civilization's arts and technology were lost, even the art of writing, except among a small group of wizards who lived in caves among the highest mountains, warmed by volcanic steam.   In this peaceful state the human race slumbered for thousands of years, needing that time to forget and heal.

Modern Bergonians explain the Flood myths of Eurasian and Mesoamerican civilizations as recollections of this cataclysmic sinking of the two lands. They assume of course that the Mineoathi contains the true history, and that the Atlantis myth is the product of the dimmed and distorted memory of the survivors' descendants.

The Mineoathi uses a system of dating years called the "Great Reckoning" to date the cataclysm in a year equivalent to 15,787 B.C.  It commenced the current eon of 23,040 years (360 x 64).  In the Great Reckoning the current year 2002 is 17,789.  Christ was born in year 15,788, and Columbus "discovered" Bergonia in year 17,283-- 1496 A.D.

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