In Korea, although historians flatly dismiss it, there's this myth of the progenitor of Korea, Dan-Goon.
Once upon a time, Hwan-Yin, the supreme ruler of Heaven looked over the Earth. Hwan-Woong, one of his many sons, loved the mankind so much he asked his father to descend to the mortal realm to reign over them. And Hwan-Woong came down to a sacred place in the peninsular with his servants.
A bear, later interpreted to be a shamanic something, and a tiger came before Hwan-Woong, asking him to change them into human beings. Hwan-Woong gave them garlic and wormwood and told them to go into a cave and eat nothing but garlic and wormwood. Tiger couldn't stand for more than a few weeks and escaped. The bear endured, and became a woman. Hwan-Woong and the bear-woman married, and the progenitor of Koreans, Dan-Goon was born.
There's very scant record of Dan-Goon, but it's pretty obvious that he had no interest in bloodbath or conquest. He only wanted to help mankind. There was no rebellion in Heaven. No one got actually kicked out from the Celestial Realm, except for those who stole some sacred peaches or that Stone Monkey who waged a war against the entire army of Heaven, and won for a while. There was no trickster in some mythical paradise. No forbidden anything. Dan Goon was only interested in bringing in peace and harmony to the people of Earth.
No one was condemned for breaking the commands of the Divine. Such concept was very alien.
Even in Native American folklore, the flood myth was not that identical to the one by those Abrahamic savages. Often the deity who caused the flood was punished or even killed...
EDIT:The stark contrast with Mesopotamian myth with Korean one is that their myth was about Annunakis, who didn't give a flying frak about the benefit of mankind. Hwan-Woong, in contrast, had a very humanitarian intention.
Edited by Ron Jeremy, 28 July 2013 - 04:04 AM.