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Heaven on Earth. Scientists tried to find out where Eden could be on the planet

If we take the biblical description, we can assume that the Garden of Eden is located near Iraq and Iran in the Persian Gulf.

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The Garden of Eden is a biblical site deeply rooted in the imagination of Christianity and Judaism. Did this paradise exist and where would it be in this case, writes IFLScience.

It is clear that the Garden of Eden is riddled with symbolism and there are many moments in this story that cannot be understood from a rational standpoint (for example, it is not entirely believed that snakes can talk).

However, it is quite logical to assume that this mythological garden was based on real terrain.

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Eden is known to be the place where humans were first created. The first two people, a naked couple named Adam and Eve, innocently wandered around this paradise until the insidious serpent and the forbidden fruit brought them (and therefore all of humanity) serious trouble.

It is believed that this the story symbolizes how people fell from a position of childlike innocence and blessing to a state defined by free will and knowledge, as well as evil and death.

The location of the garden is described in Genesis 2:10-14:

“A river came out of Eden to irrigate paradise; and then it was divided into four rivers. The name of one is Pishon: it flows around the whole land of Havila, the one where there is gold; and the gold of that land is good; there is bdola and an onyx stone. The name of the second river is Gihon (Geon) : it flows around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel (Tigris): it flows before Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

The key here is that it was located where four rivers merge. Two of these rivers we know today: the Tigris and the Euphrates. They originate in Turkey, then flow through Syria and Iraq and empty into the Persian Gulf.

Heaven on Earth. Scientists tried to figure out where Eden could be on the planet

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However, it remains unclear what the names “Pishon” and “Gihon” mean. Over the centuries, some theologians have suggested that they may refer to the Ganges in India and the Nile in Egypt, although others have noted that in this case they are talking about a huge part of the Earth.

John Calvin, a 16th-century theologian known for his role in the Protestant Reformation, wrote: “Many think that Pison and Gihon are the Ganges and the Nile; however, the error of these people is convincingly refuted by the distance between the positions of these rivers. Danube, they simply do not want to think that the dwelling of one person stretches from the most remote part of Asia to the extreme point of Europe.”

However, based on the mention of the Tigris and Euphrates, it can be assumed that the Garden of Eden drew some inspiration from the area in Iraq and Iran, where these two rivers merge at the Persian Gulf. In particular, on the Iran-Iraq border there is the Shatt al-Arab river, which is formed at the confluence of the mentioned rivers.

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Heaven on Earth. Scientists tried to find out where Eden could be on the planet

If we look at the location of the Garden of Eden from the angle of science and consider it a symbol of the origin of man, then we should undoubtedly turn our eyes on Africa.

The so-called Cradle of Humankind is located in South Africa, about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg. The site is home to the largest concentration of human ancestral remains in the world.

Among the thousands of fossils found here, researchers unearthed the remains of Australopithecus, an early ape-like species of humans that is approximately 3.4-3.7 million years old.

It was only 200,00 – 300,000 years ago that modern Homo sapiens appeared. Again Africa was the site of this development, and modern humans most likely first appeared somewhere in the area of ​​present-day Ethiopia.

So, if we are looking for a “scientific” Garden of Eden, then it looks like South Africa and Ethiopia is our best choice. However, whether these places were once a paradise, where four rivers once met, remains to be seen.