Updated: Sep 28
Although the reallocation of the Garden of Eden is unknown, it is possible to have an idea, according to the biblical definition, to where it was. Genesis 2:8-14, says:
"Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, to the east, and placed in the garden the man he had formed. The Lord God planted all sorts of beautiful trees there in the garden, trees producing the choicest of fruit. At the center of the garden, he placed the Tree of Life, and also the Tree of Conscience, giving knowledge of Good and Bad.
A river from the land of Eden flowed through the garden to water it; afterward the river divided into four branches. One of these was named the Pishon; it winds across the entire length of the land of Havilah, where nuggets of pure gold are found, also beautiful bdellium and even lapis lazuli. The second branch is called the Gihon, crossing the entire length of the land of Cush. The third branch is the Tigris, which flows to the east of the city of Asher. And the fourth is the Euphrates."
Every piece of information in this ancient text was useful to recreate the perfect magical scenario for the story. There are many different theses of the actual location, but the theory I used for the story is using the actual locations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers today as a place to begin. These rivers maintain their ancient names, and by and large still follow the same course beginning in the mountains of Turkey, joining together in modern Iraq and then emptying into the Persian Gulf. In this scenario, the location of the Garden of Eden is believed to be in the now flooded northern section of the Persian Gulf.
This is interpreted as meaning that four rivers joined into one and then that one river flowed through the Garden and emptied into the Gulf. The Gihon is identified with the Dez and Karun rivers that flow through Western Iran and still meet up with the Tigris and Euphrates.
Genesis links this Gihon river with the land of Cush, which in this view is tied to the Kassites (it is also noted that Nimrod son of Kush reigned in Mesopotamia in Genesis 10 – so there may have been a few lands named “Cush” in ancient times).
In 1994 satellite radar images of northern Arabia revealed along the dried river that provides evidence for a possible Pishon river. In Genesis, this river Pishon is connected to the land of Havilah, and its abundant gold. This dried up river flowed from western Arabia that had ancient gold connections and maybe identifiable as Havilah, it flowed east towards the Tigris and Euphrates whom it joined before flowing into the Persian Gulf.
The process of creating the map:
The first map was just a draft, and it was first created (March 2020) to help to give some directions for the story.
The second map came a few months later (May 2020). It was also a handmade map, giving a little bit more details and information about the story. On the second map is possible to see the different characteristics of the four parts of the Kingdom.
The third version of the map is the first digital version, created in June 2020, and it is full of important details of the story.