He is known as the First Human — a sort of celestial Noah, who repopulates the world with humans after major disasters.
Apparently he once looked after Vishnu when he was a tiny fish, and nurtured him to full fishliness. Afterwards, Vishnu repaid him by warning him of the mighty flood and how he could be the only being to survive it.
Apparently there are supposed to be fourteen wash-it-all-away floods before the world ends. Each time it happens, a different Manu will be there to man the boat. The current one is called Vaivasvata.
So far we are about half way through the entire cycle. The floods are approximately three hundred million years apart, so there is no need for immediate panic.
Manu Facts and Figures
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Type: legendary mortal
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation
Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 1797
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Article last revised on September 18, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
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