The Ichthys, Noah and the Sea Gods

There is an ancient belief that the Sun is born from the sea. This is because the Sun appears to rise out of the sea from the eastern horizon. For this reason, solar deities are often depicted as half-man/half-fish, the very first one being Vishnu.

In the Hari Purana, the god Vishnu is shown as having assumed the form of a fish, with a human head, in order to reclaim the Vedas lost during the deluge. Having enabled Visamitra to escape with all his tribe in the ark, Vishnu remains with them for some time and gave them instruction.

This narrative is probably the original story behind the Babylonian god Oannes, described by Berossus in the 3rd century BC as the man-fish who arrived from the sea and taught the Babylonians agriculture, writing, geometry and mathematics. This in turn is cognate with the Biblical story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale and Noah returning from the sea in his ark.

Oannes/Jonah/Noah may also be the source for the Canaanite god El-ha-iom or El-yoni which is Aka-yoni (Okeanos) as well as Yona of the Gauls, the Jowna or Jona of the Basques, John of the Scandinavians, the old Yona of the Trojans and the Yawna of the Parsis.

The Assryo-Babylonian god Dagon was another such fish god descended from the Ugarithic "Dgn," pronounced "Dagnu." Here, the Hebrew word "dag" meaning fish replaces the Vedic "vish" to make Dagnu.

All of these gods are solar deities born from the sea. More than this, they are all reinterpretations of the Vedic god Vishnu originating in Armenia - the home of Mount Ararat and Noah.

Ararat was symbolic of the transcendental Mount Meru and Noah was Vishnu. The ark at the summit of Ararat that reseeded the world is a metaphor for Vishnu the Sustainer who lives in Svarga, the heavenly summit of Meru, and saves the world from Shiva the Destroyer. Vishnu is a redeemer and savior like the Sun itself, which balances halfway between the sea and sky. His symbol is the Ichthys - a Vesica Piscis or fish section of two harmoniously balanced circles.