Believers often crafted omphalos ("navel stones") to act as a direct link between God(s) and mortals. The most celebrated of said stones was situated in Delphi and represented the rock that Rhea used as a decoy to protect the baby Zeus from being swallowed by Cronus. Modern scholars believe that the oracle at Delphi filled the hollow portions of the omphalos with intoxicants that would trigger "visions" on command.
Noah and his ark
But some myths ascribe even more weight to these navel stones. Their origin story dates back to The Epic of Gilgamesh. This tells the tale of Utnapishtim, who was tasked with the job of saving humanity and animal-kind alike by loading them onto a ship before the great flood could wipe them out. When the waters receded, only a stone remained.
The stones are thought to actually work as "plugs" to prevent another great flood like the deluge endured by Utnapishtim and his biblical successor, Noah. The most famous of these sacred corks can be found at the dome of the rock in Jerusalem. The Foundation Stone is thought to hold back the waters in the Well of Souls beneath the Temple Mount Ararat, Thebes and Dodona form a perfect triangle when mapped.
The omphalos of Delphi
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