Sumerian creation myth

The origins of human beings according to ancient Sumerian texts

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Sumer, or the ‘land of civilized kings’, flourished in Mesopotamia, now modern-day Iraq, around 4500 BC. Sumerians created an advanced civilization with its own system of elaborate language and writing, architecture and arts, astronomy and mathematics. Their religious system was a complex one comprised of hundreds of gods. According to the ancient texts, each Sumerian city was guarded by its own god; and while humans and gods used to live together, the humans were servants to the gods.

The Sumerian creation myth can be found on a tablet in Nippur, an ancient Mesopotamian city founded in approximately 5000 BC.

The creation of Earth ( Enuma Elish ) according to the Sumerian tablets begins like this:

When in the height heaven was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsu, who begat them,
And chaos, Tiamut, the mother of them both
Their waters were mingled together,
And no field was formed, no marsh was to be seen;
When of the gods none had been called into being,
And none bore a name, and no destinies were ordained;
Then were created the gods in the midst of heaven,
Lahmu and Lahamu were called into being...

Sumerian mythology claims that, in the beginning, human-like gods ruled over Earth. When they came to the Earth, there was much work to be done and these gods toiled the soil, digging to make it habitable and mining its minerals.

The texts mention that at some point the gods mutinied against their labour.

When the gods like men
Bore the work and suffered the toll
The toil of the gods was great,
The work was heavy, the distress was much.

Anu, the god of gods, agreed that their labour was too great. His son Enki, or Ea, proposed to create man to bear the labour, and so, with the help of his half-sister Ninki, he did. A god was put to death, and his body and blood was mixed with clay. From that material the first human being was created, in likeness to the gods.

You have slaughtered a god together
With his personality
I have removed your heavy work
I have imposed your toil on man.

In the clay, god and man
Shall be bound,
To a unity brought together;
So that to the end of days
The Flesh and the Soul
Which in a god have ripened –
That soul in a blood-kinship be bound.

This first man was created in Eden, a Sumerian word which means ‘flat terrain’. In the Epic of Gilgamesh , Eden is mentioned as the garden of the gods and is located somewhere in Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.

Sumerian tablet depicting Enki in the creation myth. (

Initially human beings were unable to reproduce on their own, but were later modified with the help of Enki and Ninki. Thus, Adapa was created as a fully functional and independent human being. This ‘modification’ was done without the approval of Enki’s brother, Enlil, and a conflict between the gods began. Enlil became the adversary of man, and the Sumerian tablet mentions that men served gods and went through much hardship and suffering.

Adapa, with the help of Enki, ascended to Anu where he failed to answer a question about ‘the bread and water of life’. Opinions vary on the similarities between this creation story and the biblical story of Adam and Eve in Eden.

Featured image: Sumerian chaos monster and sun god. ( Wikipedia)

Note: Ancient Sumerian translations were taken from William Bramley’s book, The Gods of Eden .

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By John Black


The date for Nibiru becoming Marduk in Adam's year 2401am (Egyptian year 745 since Noah's global Flood) is 1625bc November 29 (in 360-day calendar Noah's new year 1356 = Adams 2412am). This artificial date of rising Mars represents 60 days after Nibiru (Terah TAU Marduk) of Sep 30 as solar conjunction, and it is 60 days before Harran Syria Marduk of 1624bc Jan 28 whose Mayan Marduk is 20 days later on Feb 17. ONLY Haran Syria Marduks on a 360-day new year produce Mayan Marduk new year tuns 20 days later. The Nibiru and Marduk in prediction came in 1913 (Mayan 1911, and Terah TAU in 1915). The 1914 new year is new year 6001 on May 12 as Noah's 4945 or 20 days later Mayan 5100 tun.

Nibiru is teh 90-day absence of Mars as the sun crosses over it. It is not absent for 3600 years but rather the 13-year cycle of Mars (6x 780 day = 13x 360 day) is 277x 13 year total of 3601 years. This is confused with 3600 years to year 3601 because Venus has a 1200-year cycle of Egyptian years (1199 Julian) of which year 6000 was claimed to be 3600 years in the future from year 2400. Mars has always been the fire red Marduk. The Jupiter Marduk is not fire red. has this educated the idiots, i think not because they dont know what the id of an idiot is.

Gil Carlson,
Of course you have to praise and recommend your own book - but the planetary Nibiru ideas is mythically confused.
Read more here:

I’m sure you’ve heard all the warnings about NIBIRU, that large fiery monster of a planet that is headed towards us with its powerful magnetic pull and giant tail full of massive amounts of debris leaving unthinkable destruction in its path and you can get the latest info:

First thing I would like to say is this is supposed to be the section where people post comments not books.
It would also help when the people making the comments did not repeat the same information and exact pharsing over and over again. The duality of rereading can give one a headache.
Before Victor goes on to start his own religion because he can turn a pretty phrase, more than once, over and over, people please realize he can prove absolutely nothing of what he is talking about. Yes, this article is explaining the translation of the cuniform tablets found at Ninivah, but the creation story is considered a myth. How do we know that our ancesters did not just make up a wonderful creation story and claim their fame to power as the head of the priests who knew the real truth? Other than the writings, nothing has ever been found to prove the existance of these Aliens and people are now referring to this as fact. One cannot emphatically state that the writings of one culture to be true, than go on to state the information in the Bilble, which contains more than just religious dogma but actually historical information, is not. Smh...
And archerons, please, this is a take on the Gnostic religion which Jesus preached in the books that were banned from the Bible at the council of Nicea. I guess it is ok to pick and choose. Jesus is fake, but I really believe in the Archerons, which Jesus preached about!
And to remove the Divine from creation? I guess guards that man the halls when you die and bully you into being reincarnated are to be believed, but millions of people who claim to have at one time in their lives been touched by miracles, visions, healings, or anything that just cannot be explained by the 5 senses, are all out of touch with his reality.
Talk about crushing hope........


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